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Panaji: “In matters involving long term interests of Goa, like State Action Plan for Climate Change, it’s prudent to have involved all elected representatives and stakeholders in the policy and planning process,” Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte opined on Thursday.
Khaunte’s reponse comes a day after the State Action plan for climate change by Goa State Biodiversity Board was approved by the cabinet. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday had said that the state cabinet has suggested certain amendments to the plan, which would be done by the Goa State Biodiversity Board, before implementing it.
Adding that there must be proper discussions on such sensitive issues, Khaunte stated, “There’s need for more constructive debates on such sensitive issues & not just eye wash to show mere attempts to save Goa’s climate.”
The State Action plan for climate change claimed that almost 15 percent of the land in Goa, much of it in the coastal zones, is vulnerable to flooding from extreme rainfall or sea level rise.
The flood vulnerability conducted has revealed that 14.73 percent of lands are under below 15 meter, much of it in the coastal zones, and are severely vulnerable to flooding both from extreme rainfall events and sea level rise.