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Panaji: As per the Union Ministry of Environment’s new rule, fourteen additionnal water bodies are to be declared as ‘Wetlands’. These water bodies have been termed as ‘critically significant’ because of its ecosystem service and biodiversity values for local communities and the society.

The Directorate of Environment and Climate Change in a recent report stated that 35 water bodies had been primarily identified as ‘potential wetlands’ in the State of which draft notification with regards to 11 water bodies as Wetlands under Wetland Conservation and Management Rules 2017, has been issued. Furthermore 14 more have been identified as Wetlands by the Technical Committee of GSWA and will be placed for Draft Notification, soon.
These wetland bodies include Talaulim lake (Talaulim), Tarvalem Lake and Udden Lake (Shiroda), Sancoale Lake (Sancoale), Mayem Lake (Bicholim), Curtorim Lake (Curtorim), Sulabhat Lake (Agassaim), Communidade Lake (Guridolim), Ambulor Lake (Verna), Kamla Tollem (Benaulim), Sonbem Lake (Maina), Macazana Lake (Macazana), Orlim Tollem (Orlim), and Pali Lake (Quepem).
The government is in process of preparing documents for the following water bodies including Curca Lake, Malebhat, Gawali–Moula and Canturlim (Curca), Banstarim Wetland (Bhoma), Parra Lake (Parra), Benaulim Lake- Vodlem Tollem and Dhakte Tollem (Benaulim), Sapu Tollem (Velim) and Maimollem Lake (Maimollem).
The draft to declare the wetlands have been notified in case of Bondvoll (St Cruz), Toyaar Lake (Chimbel), Carambolim Lake (Carambolim), Batim Lake (Batim), Dhasi Lake (Rivona), Pilerne Lake (Pilerne), Sarzora Lake (Sarzora), Durga Lake (Chinchinim), Cottambi Lake and Nanda Lake (Curchorem) and Xeldem Lake (Quepem).
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