A Grassland in the making

05 June 2021 – 05 Oct 2021 A new variety was added to Eco-Restoration Area of the Waste Management Park today. The Neel Kurinji which goes under the binomial of Strobilanthes kunthiana. The species name is in honour of Karl Sigismund Kunth, German Botanist, and not after the Kunthipuzha which flows In Kerala as commonly …

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration. World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This means that there are ‘TEN MORE YEARS TO RESTORE THE PLANET,’ and the best time to start is ‘NOW!’ Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The …

A Sedgeland in Bloom

I WANDER by the edgeOf this desolate lakeWhere wind cries in the sedge: Thus starts the opening stanza of William Butler Yeats’s poem, “He Hears the Cry Of The Sedge.” Though the lines carry a melancholic note, sedgelands have a wild and wayward beauty, particularly when in bloom.  Now why would the poet use the …

Restoring the Coonoor River, Phase-II

It should be recalled that the middle stream of the Coonoor River, had earlier been cleared of debris by Clean Coonoor, and fenced up through the efforts of ISPRAVA Homes. In keeping with Clean Coonoor’s commitment of cleaning the Coonoor River, operations to clean the Upper Stream will commence on World Rivers Day which falls …