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Indian state to map sand dunes

The Indian state of Goa will map its sand dunes, mangroves and ‘khazan’ land, the low lying coastal saline lands reclaimed from mangroves. Environment Minister Aleixo Sequiera said that Goa government will take the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and talks with them are on.

The state, with a 105-km long beach stretch, is forted by several sand dunes. Goa also has a rich vegetation of Mangroves, which are protected at several places by Forest department and local administration. Sequiera said that the mapping would be done as a part of Coastal Regulation Zone 2011 notification, which has given abundant protection to these ecological landmarks.

Micheal D’Souza, Director Science, Technology and Environment said that each and every sand dune and mangrove would be mapped. “We are using remote sensing technology for the same,” he said. D’Souza said that multiple satellite images would be shot which will give minute details of the sand dunes, their location, and even their height and diameter. Similar exercise will also be taken for Mangroves, which are found on the state’s saline lands and river bodies. D’Souza said that the hazard lines and high tide lines are also being identified by the state.

Source: Daiji World