- Shri. Manoj Tripathi, Chief Conservator of Forests, Kodagu region
Re-assess the scientific basis of the decision to cut scores of trees to build a retaining wall to prevent landslides and erosion
Instead of chopping the trees, consider the removal of excess silt deposits in the waterways
Advocate for the preservation and encouragement of riparian zones. Riparian vegetation, comprising trees, shrubs, and other plants adapted to wet conditions, plays a crucial role in preventing erosion, filtering pollutants, and providing habitat for diverse species.
Age-old trees in Kodagu (Coorg) are in danger of being felled. Why? Because local authorities in the Hattiholey region aim to construct a retaining wall to protect riverbanks from landslides and erosion.
As a part of a project, costing Rs 130 crores, over a 100 trees and many more along the banks of rivers and streams including Kote Abbi, Hatteholey Stream and Cauvery have been marked by the Cauvery Neeravari Nigama, to be chopped. The project will also include constructing check dams and undertaking other remedial measures to protect the banks of the rivers.
The project is still awaiting permission from the forest department. If granted, these ancient trees will be lost forever.
Ironic, isn’t it? Trees are meant to protect the soil from erosion. If anything, they act as natural barriers to landslides.
Why must the trees on the riverbanks be preserved?
Trees have extensive root systems that bind soil particles together, providing stability to the ground. The roots help in anchoring the soil and preventing erosion. In addition, they also play a crucial role in binding sediment particles.
Roots of the trees absorb water from the soil, reducing excess moisture that can contribute to landslides.
The presence of trees on riverbanks acts as a form of natural reinforcement for slopes.
The ecosystem created by trees contributes to overall biodiversity, fostering the growth of various plant and animal species.
What can you do to save these magnificent and ancient trees?
Join the campaign today, urging the Chief Conservator of Forests to encourage the local authority in Kodagu to scientifically assess the issue of landslides and instead of choosing to chop the trees, push for alternatives like enhancing riparian zones and removal of excess silt deposits in the waterways.