CANACONA: Stating the protection of coastal land is of paramount importance, Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) member secretary Dr. Pradeep Sarmokadam assured all the help to protect Agonda beach from coastal erosion.
On Friday, a team of GSBB led by Dr. Sarmokadam and consisting of Scientist Sujit Desai, Program Officer Varsha Hoble along with the Agonda Sarpanch Fatima Rodrigues, Panchayat Secretary Amol Naikgaunkar, Agonda Biodiversity Management Committee Chairman Shaba Naikgaunkar, Shristhal BMC Chairman Vinay Tubki and others inspected the Agonda beach shore, and observed a few areas needing attention to preserve the beach from future erosion.
Infat, the GSBB team exchanged ideas for the revival and conservation of the Agonda seashore, which according to some elders is fast depleting. Dr. Sarmokadam assured to extend help through Agonda Biodiversity Management Committee.
Later a meeting was held with the stakeholders in Panchayat office, discussing in detail, the inspection of beach at Val-side, where GSBB asked to draw up a place as measures to prvent coastal erosion using traditional and natural methods.
Suggestions were made to plant and beautify the plants and trees that help to prevent eriosion, repair the channels where the tidal water enters towards the villager interiors. Also conservation of seashore, arrest of sand erosion, landscaping, desilting of the creek and its revival were also discussed. ‘All these works can be done through the biodiversity committee’, Sarmukodam informed.
GSBB Skilling committee member Shirish Pai, Shristhal BMC Members damodar Chari, Tejas Naikgaonkar and besides, Agonda BMC Chairman Shaba Gaonkar and Secretary Amol Naikgaonkar, also present were Coastal conservation Committee chairman Suraj Naikgaonkar, BMC members Sanjit Naik Gaonkar, Fabian Fernandes, Vinod Phaldessai and Prekash Phaldessai.
After inspection and discussion, Dr. Sarmokadam advised to carry out a research on the subject matter and prepare a draft outline and submit it to the board.