Department of Environment and Forests U. T. of Lakshadweep

The Department of Environment and Forests started functioning independently under the Lakshadweep Administration with effect from 01-04-1999 after bifurcation of the erstwhile Department of Science, Technology and Environment. The Department is headed by an Indian Forest Service Officer of the rank of Deputy Conservator of Forests who is assisted by 5 Environment Wardens and 1 Technical Assistant. The head quarter of the Department is at Kavaratti Island and has offices at Kiltan, Kadmath, Kalpeni and Andtroth Islands. The Deputy Conservator of Forests is also the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Lakshadweep.

In this territory, there are four natural habitats, viz the land, the lagoon, the coral reef and the ocean which are interlinked with each other. The very existence of the islands is because of the protection by the coral reefs and lagoons. In spite of the rapid developments that are taking place in the islands, the unique fragile ecosystem of the islands is protected and conserved by formulating and implementing various programmes, schemes in the islands.

The department is enforcing the provisions of various environment related laws such as “The Water (Prevention and Control of pollution) Act 1974”, “ The Air (Prevention and Control of pollution) Act 1981”, “The Environment  (Protection) Act 1986”, “The Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972”,

Four plan schemes related to the protection and conservation of Environment are being carried out in the Islands. They are

  1. Environment Protection and Awareness
  2. Scientific management of Bio-degradable and non Bio-degradable Wastes
  3. Corals, Wildlife and Lagoon Conservation.
  4. Social Forestry

          Awareness programmes about environment conservation measures among students, youth, women, NGOs and the general public are being conducted in all islands regularly especially on the occasion of the World Environment Day, The international Ozone Day, The Wildlife Week and the National Environment Month. The Department of Environment and Forests along with the Department of Science and Technology and The National Institute of Oceanography, Goa is implementing the programmes of Global Coral Reef monitoring Network and Lakshadweep Coral Reef Monitoring Network. A report on the Status and  Action Plan on Corals of Lakshadweep has been formulated (STAPCOR-98) in a work shop which was attended by experts on coral reef and ecology of national and international repute. Regular surveys on status of corals in various islands are being carried out by the Environment Wardens and Technical Assistants who are trained in Scuba Diving.   

Pitti Island, situated about 24 km north west of Kavaratti Island, which is a natural habitat of terns (Sterna fistula, Anous stolidus, Sterna bergii, Sterna anaethetus) has been declared a bird sanctuary under the provisions of The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for its protection and conservation. A few species listed  in schedule I of The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 such as turtles - Olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Leatherback turtle (Demochelys coriacea), Sperm Whales, Shark and Ray, Sea Horse, Corals, Sea Fan, and Sea Cucumber are also seen in the coastal waters of the Islands.

With a view to reduce the menace of plastic pollution, which is hazardous to the soil, water and marine eco system of the Islands, the Department has enforced ban on the use of plastic carry bags and is implementing the Scheme “Collection and Disposal of Bio degradable and Non Bio degradable Wastes” through Village (Dweep) Panchayaths.The cleaning of the Islands, lagoon and beaches are being carried out regularly.

The Department has established the National Green Corps/Eco clubs in schools to mobilise the students to create environmental awareness among the public and for involving them in environmental activities and has prepared the Lakshadweep Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for finalising the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Contact Person

George Jacob IFS

                                    Deputy Conservator of Forests

Department of Environment and Forests

Union Territory of Lakshadweep

Kavaratti Island – 682 555.

 

Phone 04896 62896 (Office)

                                          04896 62504 (Residence)

Fax -  04896 62896

 

Dated

23-08-2002