Natural Heritage

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – SCRUB JUNGLES

Amirthalingam

The ecological heritage sites in Chennai are classified into five broad categories, according to the vegetation types and natural resources - scrub jungles being one of them. Scrub jungles are home to diverse and fragile biological organisms. There are five sites that come under this category and these include the Guindy National Park, IIT Campu

SAVE OUR WETLANDS

R. Sabesh Many people consider wetlands as unproductive areas and hence destroy or drain it for developmental activities. However, the importance and usefulness of wetlands was first brought to the notice of the world through a Convention on Wetlands held at the Iranian city, Ramsar, in the year 1971. Wetlands are areas of land where the water level remains near or above the surface of the g

GANESHA FOR CREATIVITY AND CONSERVATION

by Nanditha Krishna Hon. Director C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre (Adapted from The New Sunday Express, September 29, 2002) Ganesh Chaturthi is Indian creativity at its contemporary best. A celebration that has assumed larger-than-lifeproportions, Ganesha comes in all sizes, shapes, scenarios and colours. The popularity and public celebration was due to the personal effort of Lokamany

THE FLOOD AT CHENNAI 2015

I wrote these poems when I was depressed and upset, when the rains battered my roof and sewage water flooded my garden. There was no power, water, TV, mobile or social media. We were cut off from the world.

I anticipated the floods when I wrote the first poem on November 24, 2015. I didnt know where to pub

BABY SEALS ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting

It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups.

PLAN FOR THEME PARK AT CENTURIES-OLD CHINESE CAVES RATTLES PRESERVATIONISTS

by Edward Wong

DUNHUANG, China In the cool shadows of Cave 98, Li Lingzhi watched as workers in blue suits inspected the Buddhist frescoes commissioned in this Gobi Desert cliff grotto more than a millennium ago by a local ruling family.

Pichavaram, The Mangrove Forest

Sharon St Joan

The water is not deep at Pichavaram, maybe two or three feet. It is dark green. Waterways run between the islands of mangrove trees. Pichavaram lies along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, in south India.In February, 2015, our rowboat sailed quietly along the waterways which came togeth

TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

B. Tirumala As defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity, Article 8 (j): Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities around the world. Developed from experience gained over the centuries and adapted to the local culture and environment, traditional knowledge is transmitted orally from generation to gene

THE SACRED GROVE OF PAAVUPATTU

 Nanditha Krishna  &  Sharon St Joan

Five miles south of the city of Tiruvannamalai, southwest of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is the Sacred Grove of Paavupattu.  An oasis of peace and beautiful trees, it was the first of 52 sacred groves restored by CPREEC (C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre). The

THE SACRED GROVE OF KILI-AAL-AMMAN

M. Amirthalingam

At Periyakumatti village in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu, there is a small grove about 2.5 acres in size, dedicated to the goddess Kili-aal-amman, on the state high way between Cuddalore and Chidambaram. The main deity is sheltered within a temple of brick and mortar. A perennial pond is situated in the forecourt