Activities prohibited in eco-sensitive zones

Q.  Which of the following activities are prohibited in eco-sensitive zones?

1) Flying over protected areas in an aircraft
2) Commercial use of firewood
3) Setting up of hotels and resorts
4) Commercial mining
5) Setting of saw mills

- Published on 03 Jan 17

a. 2, 3, 4
b. 2, 3, 4, 5
c. 1, 2, 4, 5
d. All of the above

ANSWER: 1, 2, 4, 5
The ESZ guidelines says that activities, including commercial mining, setting of saw mills and industries causing pollution, commercial use of firewood and major hydro-power projects, are prohibited in such areas.

It also prohibits tourism activities like flying over protected areas in an aircraft or hot air balloon, and discharge of effluents and solid waste in natural water bodies or terrestrial areas.

Felling of trees, drastic change in agriculture systems and commercial use of natural water resources, including groundwater harvesting and setting up of hotels and resorts, are the activities regulated in the areas.

Activities permitted in the areas include ongoing agriculture and horticulture practices by local communities, rainwater harvesting, organic farming, adoption of green technology and use of renewable energy sources.

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