Green Passports to Budding Wildlife enthusiasts

Published on: 02 Jan, 2013
Published under: Education News Kerala, General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

1 Jan 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

The forest department has started issuing unique ‘green passports’ to young wildlife enthusiasts, an official stamp of approval for future conservation activities to be done along with state wildlife officials across wild life sanctuaries and parks in the state.Forest officials have already issued green passports to 40 school students from 17 schools situated in and around the Periyar tiger reserve.

“The passport holders who are selected are guided by foresters and ranger officers on various conservation issues and provided an insight into the flora and fauna in national parks and sanctuaries across the state. Their passports will have a stamp of approval from the wildlife warden each park after they complete these rounds. They will then have acquired the minimum knowledge required to be drafted as budding wildlife conservationist,” said deputy director Periyar tiger reserve Sanjayan Kumar.

The department also plans to issue green passports through registered nature clubs and spread it across all major sanctuaries and parks in the state.Many eco-sensitive zones amongst the 19 world heritage sites in the state face encroachments and unplanned development in contravention to the forest conservation act.

Source– http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-01/flora-fauna/36093548_1_periyar-tiger-reserve-passports-forest-officials

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