CMPA – Goa

The CMPA project is one of the flagship projects of the Indo-German technical cooperation. The Project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). It is implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of BMUB. The overall goal of the CMPA Project is to contribute to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in selected areas along the coast of India.

Goa is India’s smallest State situated in western coast of the country, and has a coastline of 101 km. In spite of having a small geographical area, the state shows an astonishing diversity of endemic species, habitats and ecosystems, like forests, Ghats, alluvial plains, coasts, rivers, estuaries, mangroves, wetlands, etc. Goa is under the influence of two global biomes – the marine biome of the Arabian Sea and the terrestrial forest biome of the Western Ghats. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Chorao is the pilot site for project implementation by the Goa Forest Department, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), and GIZ since September 2014. The sanctuary, a pristine, fully protected area, is part of the Chorao Island, which is situated in close proximity to Goa’s capital city, Panaji. As part of its communication strategy, the CMPA project is working with the people of Chorao to generate awareness about the unique ecology of the mangrove ecosystems and the important services they provide.

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