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Kerala Tourism launches Miyawaki forest project in 22 spots

Kerala Tourism launches Miyawaki forest project in 22 spots
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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 6 (PTI):In a major green

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

heavy.

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

PTI PTI


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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