Appiko movement saves thousands of trees in Karnataka

The Appiko (`to embrace`) movement, started on September 8, 1983 by fiery activist Pandurang Hegde who was inspired by Sunderlal Bahugana’s Chipko movement in U.P., used the same method of villagers hugging the trees to save them from being felled by the State, which had no laws then against felling of timber inside protected areas.

Appiko saved thousands of trees in the Sirsi belt and through protective action from 1983 to 1990 in various Western Ghat forests from Kodagu to Uttar Kannada districts saved trees from being felled and was responsible for the setting up of laws prohibiting timber felling in reserve forests in Karnataka.

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