Holistic approach

karnataka has become the first state to draft a comprehensive "biodiversity action plan.' The plan aims at conserving and promoting sustainable use of biological diversity resources.

The Karnataka State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is part of the national effort coordinated by the Union ministry of environment and forests and Centre for Ecological Sciences. It was submitted to the Union government on February 12, 2002. The action plan is divided into six sections each with strategies and projects dealing with specific and local issues to protect and preserve the rich biowealth of the state.

The plan envisages the state looking beyond the traditional focus of conservation activities on species such as tiger and elephants to the entire diversity of micro-organisms, plants and animals. It also lays stress on participatory management regulations for the handling of protected areas while suggesting a ban on the commercial use of rare species.

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