Panaji: The Goa State Wetland Authority headed by Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Thursday decided to appoint the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) to carry out a study of the current situation of 455 notified wetland sites in the state.
The meeting of GSWA was held at the Secretariat on Thursday after a gap of 18 months.
Cabral said that though the central government has notified 455 wetlands in Goa, we need to have a detailed study of these eco-sensitive water bodies. Thus, the GSWA has decided to appoint NIO as an agency to carry out a study of the wetlands, he said.
“It will take at least one-year time period for the NIO to carry out the study. NIO will first carry out study of wetland sites, which are located in areas other than forests,” he said.
Cabral also said that the issue of Bondvale lake in St Cruz village was also discussed in the meeting.