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Workshop on 'Science-Policy Interactions on the river basins and coastal zone management, Goa' concluded
The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula organized a two-day workshop during the 7-8 March 2006 on "Science-Policy Interactions on the river basins and coastal zone management, Goa". The workshop was inaugurated at the hands of Dr. NPS Varde, Director and Joint Secretary, Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Goa. In his inaugural address, he emphasized that our Former Prime Minister Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi sowed the seeds of the coastal zone management in India, in the year 1981, declaring the entire stretch upto 500mts from the High Tide Line (HTL) as 'No Development Zone' following which Goa could maintain the pristine of its environment. However, the change in today's present scenario is due to the increasing population pressure. Earlier Dr. Satish Shetye, Director, NIO, welcomed the gathering and Dr. Sugandha Sardessai, Senior Scientist from NIO and convener of the workshop highlighted the aims and objectives of the workshop. The deliberations of the workshop were categorized into six technical sessions in which 29 papers were presented. All the papers presented were centered on the main theme - vulnerability of the coastal zone of Goa due to the manmade activities. Following issues were addressed: (1) The Mandovi-Zuari Ecology (2) The coastal zone and resources of Goa (3) Pollution of Goa's ecosystems (4) Economic analyses of fishes (5) Fresh water resources and their management (6) Goa?s salt and its importance (7) Policy considerations. These deliberations have generated ideas on the important issues related to our coastal zone, which could be incorporated in implementation of a sustainable clean and productive environment. The workshop concluded with an interactive session. Dr. Loka Bharati, senior scientist from NIO, chaired the valedictory function and Dr. N. Ramaiah summarized the deliberations.
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