Ecologically Sensitive Area of Western Ghats 

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Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, interacted with Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers & State Government Officers of six states viz, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu through Video Conference to discuss issues relating to notification of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) pertaining to Western Ghats. 

  • To protect the bio diversity of Western Ghats while allowing for sustainable development of the region, Government of India had constituted a High Level Working Group under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kasturirangan. 
  • The Committee had recommended that identified geographical areas falling in the six States of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu may be declared as Ecologically Sensitive Areas. 
  • A draft notification was issued in October 2018 mentioning the areas to be notified in the ESA. 
  • The states expressed their desire to expedite early notification while protecting interest of ecology and environment. 
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