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Roadmap ready for giving new lease of life to Bondvol lake

Panaji: The Goa State Biodiversity Board, which   has been roped in by the Goa State Wetland Authority to identify and notify wetlands in the state, has chalk out an action plan for conservation, restoration and management of the newly-declared Bondvol wetland.

The Union ministry of environment forests and climate change has put the Bondvol lake in the list of nation’s 130 wetlands for priority restoration in the next five years.

The authority has already prepared a brief document that has integrated management plan for restoration and protection of the lake and its water quality. The plan has received the approval of the government, and now the document is awaiting to be notified.

After the final notification is issued, the authority will prepare estimation for restoration of the  lake, which will be submitted  to the Union environment ministry for funds along with wetland health card and details on ‘Wetland Mitras’, a group of self-motivated individuals roped in for taking care of the identified wetlands.

According to the action plan, detailed baseline data on the physical, physiochemical, biological and social aspects, including ecological health indicator of the wetland, will be collected.

Thereafter an agency will be named to clean, de-silt and de-weed the lake. Besides, the selected agency will also compost the weeds and remove waste around the lake.

The authority will also put restrictions and allow permissible activities for ecological sustenance and efficient ecosystem functioning of the wetland. The conservation strategies will permit some human  activities.

The permitted activities include fisheries for subsistence, harvesting of aquatic plants or other activities that allow water storage, groundwater recharge or flood buffering.

The lake will be beautified by planting local tree species to increase the forest cover in the catchment area. The non-flowering plants around the lake will aid in the beautification of the area, which will have lighting with recreational facilities.

The plan has also proposed construction of a  Gabion retaining wall to protect lake banks and to set up sewage treatment plants near the lake to ensure that sewage does not flow into the lake.

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