From Secretary's Desk

The newly revived Executive Commitee of Mangrove Society of India (MSI) has become active. The decentralization of the responsibilities to various members has been successful. We hope to achieve larger targets soon.

The MSI was shocked to know the said demise of our very active Executive Committee member, Dr. L.K. Banerjee. he was one of the best plant taxonomist as far as mangrove flora is concerned. It was a great loss to MSI.

Odisha (Orissa) state is one of the hotspots for mangroves. The Mahanadi estuary encompasses the famous Bhiterkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. At the mouth of this estuary there is beatiful island "Kali Bhanj Diya" which is very rich in mangrove biodiversity. This was declared by National Mangrove and Coral Reef Commitee of MoEn&F as National Mangrove Germplasm Preservation Centre. Now news is coming that a port is being developed at Dhamra and also a Thermal Power Plant is being envisaged near Dhamra. Both these activities are going to have adverse environmental impact on the world known Bhiterkanika sanctuary and kali Bhanj Diya, a National Germplasm Presrvation Centre where almost all mangrove species are growing.

We, the members of the Mangrove Society of India request Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Hon. Union Minister of Environment and Forest not to permit both these hazardous project in the vicinity of Bhiterkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.

(A.G. Untawale)
Exec. Secretary