A comprehensive plan has been chalked out for the mainstreaming of coastal and marine biodiversity conservation into production sectors in the district, according to Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director-General of Forests (wildlife).

Addressing an inception workshop organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) here on Saturday, Mr. Kishwan said that the joint initiative of the MoEF and the UNDP was aimed at protecting the environment in the coastal region in the scenario of rapid industrialisation.

Besides mangroves, he said, the joint project would also focus on the coastline. He said that the mangroves of Coringa were known for their biodiversity and it was notified as a sanctuary.

Mr. Kishwan said that traditional fishing had been reducing day by day. He stressed the need for public participation in the endeavour. He underscored the need for protecting the nature from pollution. MLAs K. Kanna Babu, P.V. Satish Kumar, principal chief conservator of forests S.V. Kumar, conservator of forests A.K. Sinha, UNDP analyst Leon Chavez, State coordinator Tulasi Rao and others were present.