Development,population place demand on resources: Barnala

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Chennai, Dec 29 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala today said the combination of increasing population and developmental activities was constantly placing demands on natural resources.

In his Valedictory address at the national-level seminar on Conservation of eastern ghats here, he said ''it is important to identify ecological and economic viability and prioritise them to evolve strategies for sustainable development by duly integrating them with environmental conservation''.

The debate that development projects, more so in ecologically fragile areas, eventually have some adverse impact on the environment, must persist, as it helped in evolving a balance between conservation and development, he added.

The Governor said it is, however, necessary to identify a nodal agency to study the problems to provide solutions and ensured that the solutions were discharged through respective Governments with the help of the committed NGOs.

Mr Barnala said the stakeholders of the ecology of eastern ghats must go about the task of assigning priority to their objectives and ensure that they accomplish the tasks within a specified time.

UNI

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