Forest Secretariat, GOK
Stand of Government of Karnataka on Eco- sensitive areas(ESA) of Western Ghats in Karnataka, communicated to MOEF&CC, Government of India on 24.4.2015, based on physical verification of Eco- sensitive areas and wider stakeholder consultation
The Karnataka Preservation of Trees(Amendment)Act,2014
Stand/Views of the Government of Karnataka to the recommendations of Kasturirangan Report –Report of High level Working Group (HLWG) on Western Ghats and to the Draft Notification of MoEF, GoI dated 10/03/2014 on Ecosensitive areas of Western Ghat.
ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಸ್ತೂರಿ ರಂಗನ್ ವರದಿಯ ಉನ್ನತ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಕಾರ್ಯ ತಂಡದ ವರದಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಘಟ್ಟಗಳ ಜೀವಿ ಪರಿಸರ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಪರಿಸರ ಮತ್ತು ಅರಣ್ಯ ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯದ ಅಧಿಸೂಚನೆಯ ದಿನಾಂಕ 10.03.2014 ರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ನಿಲುವು.
The Karnataka Forest Department has a long and cherished history for pragmatic and conservation oriented management of Forests. The Forest Department has got onerous responsibilities of managing and protecting the Forest Land spread over 43,356.47 Sq. Kms.
Karnataka State has a geographical area of 1,91,791 Sq. kms. and the reconstituted Expert Committee formed by Government of Karnataka vide Government Order No. FEE 270 FGL 2002 has identified 43,356.47 Sq. kms, as total area of forest in Karnataka categorised as notified and deemed forest. The area of Notified Forest is 33,331.56 Sq. kms. which includes Reserved Forests, Protected Forests, Village Forests and Private Forests. The rest is categorised as Deemed Forest measuring about 10,024.91 Sq. kms. Deemed forest areas are not yet notified and they include proposed forests under Section 4 of Karnataka Forest Act, Betta lands, Bane, Jamamalai Forest, Porampoke, Kans, Kumki, Paisari, Amrit Mahal Kaval, Assessed waste lands, Kharab lands, Inam lands, Thickly wooded areas, Plantations etc.,
The Western Ghats forests in the state are repositories of very large and valuable forest resources. The forests occupy 22.61% of the Geographical area of the state. Over the years forestry activities have spread over the entire geographical area by way of Farm Forestry, Urban Forestry, Strip plantations etc. The Forest officials have to work as Scientists, Resource Managers, Policemen, Extension workers etc. Apart from protection and management of forests, afforestation activities are undertaken, creating enormous employment opportunities for unskilled and semi skilled poor people mainly living in the villages.