As part of the BMU supported INTERACT-Bio project, a scoping study was undertaken in Panaji, Goa. The same was coordinated by Dr. Julian Rode from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany.
As part of the scoping process, detailed interactions were carried out with subject matter specialists, Goa State Biodiversity Board and officials of the city corporation. The inputs from these meetings and information collated from secondary literature review were discussed in a workshop.
The workshop aimed at understanding the critical ecosystems for Panaji, the issues which these ecosystems are facing and the possible solutions for the same. The workshop saw a very high level of participation.
These inputs will now be used to develop the scoping report for the city, which will form the basis of proposing initiatives which focus on nature based solutions and conservation of biodiversity.