UNDP to protect endangered species from coastal states
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 20:46
Panaji: Seven endangered marine species will be protected through United Nations Development Project (UNDP) funding who are gasping for life on the country's coastline.

"The marine states are asked to furnish their project details which would be funded under UNDP scheme," Prof B C Chowdhary, an expert with Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) told reporters.

He said that the species of whale shark, leatherback turtle, Hawksbill turtle, giant clam, dugong, belanoglosis and sea cucumber are covered under this scheme and state governments are asked to furnish their project reports.

Except for the states of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar and Gujarat, rest of the states are yet to furnish the conservation plans, Chowdhary said.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of International Symposium on Turtle Conservation.

Chowdhary said that the Union Government will also fund these projects during eleventh five year plan providing finance to the states working on the conservation front.

Whalesharks are found in Arabian sea and are most popular on Gujarat coast while leatherback turtle are sighted in Anadaman and Nicobar and Tamil Nadu.

Chowdhary said that giant clam and dugong are found in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshdweep and Belanoglosis are sighted on Tamil Nadu's coast.

Stating that 90 per cent of marine turtle live in unprotected areas, he said that one will find turtle nest at every one kilometer.

"It's often difficult to take away development from the beaches which disturb the turtle habitat," Chowdhary said.

"It's important to find out the places where there is large scale turtle nesting and conserve them," the expert said.

He said that the beach erosion has proved detrimental to the turtle nesting on the west coast while east coast has suffered due to tsunami.

Chowdhary said that the turtle conservation does not mean that there should be ban on the beach activities throughout the year.

"There should be no moment along the beach during the time when turtles come for nesting," he added.

The WII expert said that Goa's much publicized turtle conservation programme held on three popular beaches - Agonda, Morjim and Galjibag, is not full proof.

"You can see that there is largescale activity going on these beaches," he said.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 20:46

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