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| Last Updated:: 22/12/2014

Study looks at Tamil Nadu animals under threat

 CHENNAI: A two-year taxonomy study on threatened species in forests in Tamil Nadu is nearing completion, Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project chief project director R K Ojha said on Thursday.

In his address at the third edition of the Indian Biodiversity Congress, he said the study was being done in nine types of forests in the state where about 650 samples plots had been identified.

"This is to study the state of biodiversity after 30 years of continuous conservation. The extent and quality of our forest have increased and it is proved by remote sensing data," he said. Officials roped in various NGOs and other to contribute resources for each of the sample plots where they collected baseline data of the distribution of threatened species.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah said overexploitation of species, introduction of exotic species, pollution of urban, industrial and agricultural areas, habitat loss, alteration of water courses and excessive use of water resources had caused deterioration of marine ecosystems at an alarming rate.

"Rapid environmental modifications have been a major cause for extinction of all exsiting species. Studies reveal that massive extinctions have occurred five times during earth's history and the last one was 65 million years ago ," he added.

Nanditha Krishna, honourary director, CPR Environmental Education Centre, and A Biju Kumar, organising secretary of the IBC, were also present at the event.