Forums have been inundated with cries for preserving Wayanad's fragile ecology. It is in the interests of all concerned that initiatives be implemented at war footing with this aim. The fragility of the issue makes it imperative to organize immediate plans and implement measures that will:
Preserve the evergreen 'reserve' forests
Preserve water bodies that are origins of rivers
Promote contour ditching / trenching at denuded sloping terrains to catch and retain rain
Restrict or refuse sand/rock/laterite mining entirely in the district of Wayanad
Announce the 'state of the subject' notices at highways and public places to alert / educate residents and visitors
Distribute updated eco-promoting leaflets and notices at hotels,resorts,lodges and homestays
Explain what is eco-tourism to visitors, travel companies,hotels,resorts and homestay owners Over the decade efforts have been made throughout the Western Ghats region to conduct studies on the fragility of the mountain range with focus on the flora and fauna. It was found that the region is home to a lot of rare life forms. Opinion was divided on how to trace the history of the place and pin dates based on the movements of people both organized and unorganized who shifted residence from the plains of Kerala and decided to make Wayanad their home. Organized are those communities who had the wherewithal and the unity to come under the umbrella of religious bodies. Unorganized are the people and families who did not belong to the other category. Opinion stands woefully divided now too on how to tackle the problem of classifying terrain that is ecologically sensitive from those areas where townships surrounded by homestead communities have flourished over a period of time.
To obtain a clear picture on the issues at hand it is worthwhile to focus on the debates set off by studies conducted by two committees. 1. Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel headed by its Chairman Dr.Madhav Gadgil and 2. The High Level Working Group headed by Dr.Kasturirangan. While the study covers the mountain range and its ancillaries in six Indian states Karnataka and Kerala and a part of Tamil Nadu bear the brunt of threats to the mountains' ecological balance. Although the majority of the public have not studied either report politicians and vested interests have made a hue and cry over the subject. Vehicles of the Kerala Forest Department were burnt in protest over the 'feared' implementation of the Gadgil report. Mysterious forest fires destroyed more than 1200 acres of verdant forestland. But the recent elections have brought change at the central government. This government headed by a once controversial but now revered leader holds promise if they are to go by their celebrated election manifesto of preserving Western Ghats and its fragile situation. We will pause the subject at this juncture to allow visitors to this website to comment and throw more light on this sensitive issue. Read on.