KOZHIKODE: Sacred groves (kavus) have for centuries represented the best of communitybased conservation in the country. Now, in a unique eco-restoration initiative, 120 new sacred groves will be set up in 42 wards covering three panchayats of Pulpally , Mullankolly and Poothadi in Wayanad. Sacred groves render a variety of eco-system services — conservation of biodiversity, soil conservation, erosion control and water conservation.Ninety of them will be set up this year itself in three panchayaths. The groves which will be set up over the past three years is estimated to cost Rs 30 lakh. An annual grant of Rs 5,000 each would be provided for the next three years for their upkeep.“Forty seedlings of around 15 indigenous plant and tree species normally found in sacred groves will be planted.
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