Karnataka govt begins conservation project of endangered wetlands

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The Karnataka state government has drawn up detailed plans for the protection and conservation of 10 wetlands spread across the state following support from the Union Government for the project.

Senior officials from the Forest, Ecology and Environment Department organized a meeting with representatives from other different departments and agencies including experts from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and other reputed institutions.

A senior officer has said that the Bonal lake in Yadgir, Heggeri lake in Haveri, Hidkal lake in Belagavi and the KG Koppa of Shivamogga are four wetlands who have significant role in hosting rich biodiversity. Thus, the forest department will come up with detailed proposals and cost estimates developed after seeking Centre’s funding in order to go ahead with the conservation programme.

The BDA has also been directed to prepare plans for development of Bellandur and Varthur lakes designed on the model of Ramsar site.  Detailed project reports for the same will be prepared in three to four months for the comprehensive development of the lakes, as per courses in the state government. 

Another official has said that a meeting will be held soon to fix the responsibility of each of the 10 wetlands listed out to a particular authority or department. 

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