initiative, Kerala Tourism has launched a project to create
Miyawaki model micro forests at 22 tourism spots in 12
districts across the state.
Inaugurating the project by planting a sapling at
Shanghumukham Beach here last night, state Tourism Minister
Kadakampally Surendran said more than 30,000 saplings would be
planted in about two acres of land identified for the scheme.
Creation of micro forests, that compare well with
natural forests, would make the tourist destinations in the
southern state, especially those in urban areas, environment-
friendly, the minister noted.
Pioneered in the 1970s by botanist and plant ecologist
Akira Miyawaki of Yokohama National University in Japan, the
micro forestation model seeks to expand the green cover on the
earth by nurturing mostly indigenous species of plants in
small patches of land.
A Miyawaki model forest can attain growth within five
to ten years, whereas a natural forest takes 25 to 30 years to
gain the same level of growth.
The model has been replicated across continents,
especially among communities where the pressure on land is
It has proved effective in fending off ill-effects of
environmental degradation and climate change by conserving
biodiversity, saving plants from extinction, shielding
communities from natural disasters and serving as a bulwark
against atmospheric and noise pollution, Tourism department
sources here said.
Apart from foliage-rich trees that make tourism spots
eco-friendly, saplings of medicinal and fruit-bearing plants
as well as rare indigenous species are planted under the
project, they said.
V S Sivakumar, MLA, Tourism Secretary Rani George,
Director of Tourism P Bala Kiran, K G Mohanlal, CMD, Kerala
Tourism Infrastructure Ltd (KTIL) and Prof V K Damodaran,
Chairman, Nature''s Green Guardian Foundation, were present at
the function.PTI LGK SS