UNDP to protect endangered species from coastal states

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.

PTI



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

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