By Vijay Desouza
Goa minister for forest and environment Alina Saldanha said that large scale deforestation for residential and agricultural land use has changed the habitat of organisms in the forests and that poaching of animals too has led to the extinction of certain species. Speaking as the chief guest after inaugurating a one- day national seminar on 'Odour Assessment and Control in India - Requirement for Regulatory Frame Work' at Varca in south Goa today, Saldanha said that usage of pesticides and insecticides in agricultural farms has also destroyed several organisms in the biosphere. Such continuing imbalance in the biosphere if not checked will certainly prove disastrous to the very existence of man, she said adding that excessive use of coal, petroleum and natural gas for industries, automobiles and power generation has created enormous problems of pollution of the environment. She also called for efforts to control and manage odour problems and come out with odour control solutions that are environmentally safe for ensuring a clean and safe environment for better quality. Organized by Odournet Holding India Pvt. Ltd. India in association with PRA Odournet bv, Netherlands, the seminar deliberated on issues such as odour and VOC emission control in India and requirement for regulatory framework, challenges facing the chemical industry and environmental issues among others.