Forest Ministers of southern states of India on 6 August 2015 decided to set up a Southern Forest Ministers’ Inter-state Coordination Council. Kerala Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will be the President of the council for the first year.
The Council will be formed in a bid to tackle forest-related problems in the region and improve concerted efforts for ensuring ecological, socio-economic and livelihood security of the region.
The council, which would issue standard operating procedure for actions in various forest related matters, would have a full-time secretariat in forest departments in southern states.
The decision to form the council was taken at the Southern Forest Ministers' Conference in Thiruvananthapuram, which was attended by the forest ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Pudducherry. The issues discussed during the meet included issue of elephant poaching and smuggling of forest wealth in the region.
The meeting of the forests ministers will again be held in November 2015 in Hyderabad and in January 2016 in Bengaluru.
Besides, a regional wildlife crime control bureau will be established in the line of the national wildlife crime control bureau.
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When: 6 August 2015