“When I assumed charge as the Governor of Tamil Nadu I was really amazed to see the Raj Bhavan, Chennai with a large green cover in the heart of the city. One thing which immediately struck in my mind was why should not a Tree Census be conducted in the Chennai & Ooty Raj Bhavans to analyze and update the current status of biodiversity,” said TN governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
He said this while inaugurating tree census at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday.
“A comprehensive and integrated approach to survey the vegetation and bring out a compilation is important. This compilation will help us to understand the distribution status of the plants. I instructed for conducting a census of the trees of Raj Bhavan in Chennai and Ooty. It has been planned and the work will be executed by the students and scientists of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,” he said.
The Raj Bhavan, Chennai is considered as one of the major heritage centers for more than two centuries and a portion of it has been given for formation of the Guindy National Park. The campus has a sprawling area of more than 156 acres with abundant wealth of flora and fauna, he said.
Tree census and tree management plan help us to mitigate issues like Global warming, Climate Change and depletion of Green Cover which pose great threat to the Environment, Rao pointed out.
I am happy to learn that Tamil Nadu has 5,676 flowering plant species and stands first in the country, he said, and added: “It is high time we preserve and conserve these plants for prosperity and posterity. There is an urgent need to take stock of the situation at national, regional and micro level. Due to climate change, there is a shift in the habitat diversity mainly on account of invasive weeds and overexploitation.”
A systematic documentation of the biodiversity of every region is inevitable which requires botanical identification, cataloguing and documentation which in turn will help us for better policy planning and implementation, he said.