Inauguration of a National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore (Download PDF)

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The Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences hosted the inauguration of the National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology on 24thAugust 2019 in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu by the Union Environment and Forest Minister of India. The centre is expected to explore the impact of chemical contaminants on individual species of birds and, where possible, link them to population and communities.

National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore

National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore

National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore

Image shows of Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu

Image Shows of Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu

Image shows of Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu

Overview & Significance

  • The movement of environmental contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poly chlorinated biphenyls and drugs through food chain, and their harmful effects on birds are to be examined by the centre.

  • Eco toxicological studies will further explain continued mortality of birds leading to population decline over a period of time.

  • The Centre also banned diclofenac given to cattle because of the increasing death cases of vultures and Amur Falcons.

  • The centre has also documented the levels of contaminants in around 125 species of birds received from different parts of India in the past.

  • To counter the challenges posed by the continued entry of newer chemicals into the environment, a fund of Rs. 4 crore was also allotted to modernise the SACON facility.

  • SACON has also became the only institute which does ecotoxicological research, focusing on birds across the country.

  • The levels of chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals and drugs can now be estimated with the modernized facility at SACON being equipped with sophisticated instruments.

  • Accordingly the govt. can frame policies towards protecting environment and its species like birds.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2019

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