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SOS Rhino : In the News : Dwindling forest cover harms animal population: official

Dwindling forest cover harms animal population: official

  The Hindu News Update Service

Shillong, Sept 19. (PTI): The depletion of forest cover in the country during the last 25 years has affected plant species and animal habitation, Director in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests M A Haque said on Monday.

The country's forest cover came down from 40 per cent to about 13 per cent, disturbing the animal habitat, he told a workshop on 'biodiversity - a Rajbhasha Technical Session' here organised by the regional office of the Ministry.

Because of the disturbance of their natural habitats, these animals would invade human habitations, he said. Haque in this context called upon the people to preserve the path of wild elephants so that the pachyderms could stay in their own habitat.

On the country's biodivesity, he said India has the world's two richest biodiversity hot spots in the Western Ghats and in the north eastern region, where 75 per cent of the world's rhinoceros population lives.

Calling for more people's participation for protecting and conserving the environment, he said that about 90 per cent of the programmes for the protection and conservation of the environment were carried out in English, which most did not understand.

He said to make such programmes more successful, these should be conducted in Hindi and local languages.

The workshop was discussed in Hindi. This was done, as the organisers explained, to generate a greater impact in matters relating to the protection and preservation of the environment since more people could understand it.

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