PANAJI: The State Forest Department to undertake exercise to restore the natural flora and fauna in around 3.20 sq kms of government owned forest areas that were burnt during the recent wildfire.
The Chief Wildlife Warden has directed the Deputy Conservator of Forest, North and South to undertake detail assessment of the area to understand the existing plant species there in a bid to undertake plantation and restore it.
Chief Wildlife Warden Saurabh Kumar said that about 4.18 square kilometres of forest area was affected due to fire. He said this area included wildlife forest, private land, reserve forests, comunidade land and others.
Of this, he said 3.20 sq km of forest belongs to the government where the plantation will be taken up on priority and for which assessment has commenced.
“We will also provide help to private players and communidade to undertake plantation in their areas,” he said.
Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane had earlier said that the department will undertake an exercise using drones and cutting-edge technologies to plant trees in a forest areas that were lost due to fire.
Kumar said that the department will ensure that wild animals are not deprived of the nourishment.
A total 74 fire incidences were reported during the first two weeks of March. Of these, 32 fire incidences were reported in three wildlife sanctuaries.
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate has disclosed the the recent forest fires in Goa had been mainly due to the conducive environment caused by dry spells, unprecedented high temperatures and low humidity.
“Recent forest fires in Goa had been mainly due to the conducive environment caused by dry spells, unprecedented high temperatures and low humidity,” said Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey