THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Draft map of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) based on Kasturirangan report has been released. The map released by Kerala State Biodiversity Board delineates ESAs in seven districts namely Wayanad, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. The map of other districts including Idukki will soon follow.
A map pointing out the utilisation of land in each district has also been published. The utilised land includes cultivated land, garden, forest and water holes.
Recently, the Union Environment ministry had published its Draft notification on Kasturirangan report on its website.