Save Western Ghats Group

Since 2009 a group of experienced activists and practitioners came together to revive the Save Western Ghats Movement that was initiated in 1987-88 with Save the Western Ghats March. This group worked hard in 2009 to organize the annual meeting of civil society representatives from Western Ghats and mobilized about 200 + organizations and individuals. To continue the effort and to form a strong group lobbying for Western Ghats, the second annual meeting was organized by the group in 2010 at Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu. This meeting was a milestone as in this meeting; the then minister of Environment & Forests Mr. Jairam Ramesh had announced the formation of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, in response to the voiced demands of the Save Western Ghats Movement during that meeting. Later from March 2010 to August 2011 the Save Western Ghats Group supported and worked closely with the WGEEP. In 2011, a meeting was organized at Moodbidri which focused on involving the youth to work towards conserving the ecological heritage of the Western Ghats. The SWG group continues to work together to develop a strong network of Civil Society Organizations and provide a platform through annual meetings.Read More