Mysore, Mar. 12 (KMC)- "Global warming and bio-diversity conservation are the issues that everybody is genuinely concer-ned about. But we need to have a balanced approach as forests alone would not help sustain the flora and fauna," said Dr. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

He was speaking as chief guest at the International Conference on 'Challenges to bio-diversity and environment for sustainable development' organised by JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore and OISCA International, Japan, at SJCE campus here today.

Dr. Nair said mankind needs to survive and for the development of mankind, power generation is a vital aspect, which cannot be overlooked in the name of conserving the bio-diversity.

"There should be a demarcation between bare essentialities for progress and conservation, both going together in a balanced manner," he said.

"A database of existing flora and fauna, those on the verge of extinction and those already extinct, has been prepared using satellite images. It needs to be further enriched with information gathered through field survey and based on this, a report must be submitted to the decision-makers, who would then formulate policies towards environment conservation," he said.

Binoy Viswam, Minister for Forests, Kerala, speaking after inaugurating the event, criticised the stand taken by USA and its allied countries with regard to global warming at the Copenhagen Summit recently and opined it was the duty of each and every country to save planet earth.

"The Intellectual Property Rights, which patent traditional use of indigenous forest products must be shunned," said Viswam and termed the law one-sided.

L. Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary, Kerala, spoke on the need for environment conservation and preserving the bio-diversity through concerted efforts.

Delegates from seven countries and eight States of India are attending the conference representing Agricultural Universities, environmental engineering departments, NGOs and voluntary organisations. More than 50 papers will be presented by the speakers on environment-related topics during the three-day seminar, which will culminate on Mar. 14.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore