Over 5 lakh saplings of fruit-bearing variety will be planted in 2021.
Several efforts have been made by the government of Goa to restore the state's ecosystem, to make up for the damages that have inadvertently crept in due to various commercial activities. Furthering this resolve, the Chief Minister has announced that the state government will create hundred water bodies and plant trees, among other things. This statement has been addressed to the residents of the state on the occasion of World Environment Day, celebrated every year on 5 June.
An effort to allay man-animal conflict
Goa's Chief Minister has stated that over 5 lakh saplings of fruit-bearing varieties will be planted in 2021, apart from creating 100 water bodies in the forested areas. Speaking to the citizens of the state on Saturday, the Chief Minister mentioned that this effort will also help in allaying man-animal conflict in the state.
Moreover, the state government has been focusing on the development of wildlife sanctuaries as they help in maintaining a balance in the ecosystem of Goa. The Forest Department of the state has trained 250 youths who will now work as forest guides and aid in the task of restoration.
The current disturbances in the Goan ecosystem owe their origin to the prioritisation of commercial activities including industrialisation, mining and tourism. Hence, the state's wetlands and other aspects of the natural environment have been considerably damaged. These initiatives by the state government hope to mitigate the damages thus caused.