12 May 2013:
"One year after World Heritage Inscription' was the theme of the community
dialogue that was held on Kaas Plateau 3000 ft above mean sea level, next to
the blue and calm water lake of Kaas. Kaas was declared as one of the 39 World
Heritage Natural sites by UNESCO in 2012. Since then the local community living
around Kaas have begun the modest but effective programme leading to their own
sustainable development. (Read the 'Report Card' :
The objective of the meeting was to review the efforts so far and
plan for the next year's activity, particularly when the wild-flowers start blooming in monsoon season.
The meeting was jointly organised by TERRE Policy Centre, Ranwata, Forest Department and Local Forest Managmenet commeittee and was attended by large number of local youths, forest guards, forst officer, bio-diversity experts, NFOs, Media and UNESCO.
Interestingly, the venue of the meeting was outside the local temple of 'Kaasai Devi' (Godess of Kaasai) in open."
Actors of the KAAS Workshop
Audience from the local community
Mr. Praveen Gowda, Forest Officer (IAS)
Dialogue with the community
Vinitaa Apte, President TERRE Policy Centre
Dr. Sandeep Shrotri, Ranwata
Mr. Ram Bhooj, UNESCO Member
Ms. Prerana Agarwal, Researcher Rufford Foundation
Mr. Rajendra Shende,
Chairman TERRE and Former director UNEP
Because this his our heritage...we should take care of it