‘Indigenous tree planting is gaining momentum in Goa’ | Goa News

Keri: For a few years, the planting native tree species gain momentum while governmental and non-governmental organizations are interested in popularizing the initiative.
Goa State Biodiversity Council Member Secretary Pradip Sarmokadam said: “Every monsoon we distribute saplings of native species to interested Goans and it has been revealed that the survival rate of the trees is indeed satisfactory. In Mopa, where the new international airport is under construction, we distributed a variety of saplings and the majority of the trees that were planted survived thanks to people’s personal involvement. »
Suryakant Gaonkar, a volunteer from the Vivekanand Environmental Awareness Brigade in Keri, said: “For more than a decade, our organization has been actively involved in raising awareness among people about the importance of planting native species of trees for the enrichment of the ecology and fauna of the region. . The lack of seasonal fruit trees in forest areas has forced wild animals to eat agricultural and horticultural crops, thus intensifying human-animal conflicts.
Realizing the need of the hour, Sal Government Primary School, Kholpewadi, in association with the Goa State Biodiversity Council, distributed saplings of native trees.
More than 100 families received saplings by home delivery under the “Vruksh-Dindi” program. Teachers, students and parents delivered the saplings while singing environmental themed songs and explaining the importance of native trees.
Madhu Gaonkar said, “When the threat of climate change and global warming looms over us, religious and social institutions should take the lead in planting native trees in Goa to protect their localities. Areas with sufficient tree cover have repeatedly been found to survive floods, cyclones and other natural calamities.

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