Environment

Greens oppose ecotourism projects

KANNUR

Environment activists here have expressed concerns over the move to introduce ecotourism projects in coastal areas and wetlands in the district.

The Jilla Paristhithi Samithi, a forum of environmental activists in the district, claimed here on Monday that developmental works in the name of tourism would be detrimental to the fragile ecosystem in the coastal and wetland areas, reports Hindu.

The samithi said in a press release that it would strongly protest against the move to implement tourism projects on the Chootad beach, near Pazhayangadi, and at the Vayalapra wetlands, which came under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. The ecotourism projects would be in violation of the CRZ rules and regulations, the samithi noted.

The construction activities in the wetland areas would lead to the clearing of mangroves, it said.

The construction would also disturb the habitats of birds, fish, and other species, it said adding that uncontrolled flow of tourists, artificial lighting and other works would ruin the natural ecosystem. The samithi would launch an agitation against the proposed ecotourism projects, the release informed.

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