India has a rich cultural heritage and diversity and not even Indians realise the extent of this diversity. In a bid to promote not only its cultural heritage but also biodiversity, the Goa government has undertaken what is being heralded as the biodiversity atlas. Mayhem in Goa received the very first biodiversity village atlas which is a guide to the ecosystem of Goa. It became the first village in the country to do this.
Goa’s Mayem Gets India’s First Village Atlas
On the 16th of August, the Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, released the atlas. It is a document which is 250 pages long and details the diverse flora and fauna found in the village of Mayem. Such an atlas is the first of its kind in India.
The CM urged the youngsters to take efforts to preserve this biodiversity. He also went on to say that every village in Goa has such an atlas which provides great detail about the delicate balance of the ecosystem in the villages.
He also said that the state government strove to get all 191 village panchayats this atlas. This move will create awareness about the importance of biodiversity and the balance of ecosystems. According to an article recently published by The Times of India, this atlas was based on data provided by the People’s Biodiversity Register or the PBR.
Why It Is Important To Protect Goa’s Biodiversity
Goa has an amazing biodiversity. However, in the past years, this has been adversely affected by the rapid urbanisation that the region has witnessed. The state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and as such, it gets a huge number of visitors.
In order to accommodate this huge number of tourists, many hotels, cafes and restaurants are being built. Furthermore, the high number of tourists means that many regions are littered despite advisories directing people to do otherwise.
Hence, by educating tourists and locals alike, the state aims to protect its biodiversity.
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