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Ban on felling of trees around Mangalavanam

12th October, 2020 Environment

Context: In Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary in Kochi, no commercial projects to be permitted within 1 km of the boundary.

  • Felling of trees within 1 km around the boundary of the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary without prior permission from a competent authority in the State government has been restricted.
  • The ban on felling of trees has been included in the list of activities prohibited or to be regulated within the eco-sensitive zone of the sanctuary by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change.
  • No new commercial hotels and resorts shall be permitted within 1 km of the boundary of the protected area or up to the extent of the eco-sensitive zone, whichever is nearer.
  • Small temporary structures for eco-tourism activities are permitted.
  • A ban on new commercial construction of any kind within 1 km from the boundary of the protected area is placed.
  • Local people shall be permitted to undertake construction work in their land.
  • A monitoring committee for overseeing the implementation will be established.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

  • It is an ecologically sensitive area in Kochi, Kerala.
  • It is often regarded as the "green lung of Kochi".
  • It is a nesting ground for a large variety of migratory birds and supports many types of mangroves.