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Richness of Goas biodiversity to the fore

Its presence in the rain-bearing region of the Western Ghats provided Goa with rich biodiversity. Now, its biodiversity richness has increased with three new sites recognized as hotspots to be protected.

Recognized by the BirdLife International, the new sites have been included in the organisations list of “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas”.

• BirdLife International, is an international non-government organization, working to conserve birds and their habitats.

• The three new ecological hotspots were included after extensive data collection by the Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN).

• The newly added hotspots are: Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Navelim Wetlands and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.

• Goa already had four biodiversity areas. They are: Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Carambolim Wetlands, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

• With the inclusion of three new sites, the total number of biodiversity areas in Goa goes to seven. This shows the richness of biodiversity in the state.

• However, the inclusion of sites into the BirdLife International s list does not provide any protection to the sites or restricts human activities in the sites.

• But, it will enable state governments to recognize these areas as important for conservation of wildlife.

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