Panaji, October 23 (Odisha.in) A national workshop organized in this coastal city in the state of Goa discussed about the impact of climate change and how Orissa has become one its victim.
The two days workshop was organized jointly by Goa Marathi Patrakar Sangh and National Institute of Oceanography on 19th and 20th of October at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) at Dona-Paula located outskirt of the Panaji city.
The workshop inaugurated by Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat discussed on topic ‘Will we lose our cities to the raging seas”
All cities on coast are vulnerable to disaster” Dr. Nandkumar Kamat of Goa University said. Particularly the east coast including Orissa is more vulnerable and we need to prepare for it well in advance” he said.
We are still unable to predict correctly the outbreak of a disaster and Orissa super cyclone in 1999 is one such example that killed thousands of people, he said. The sea level rise has a range of potential socio-economic impacts, he said.
Elevan major and 130 minor sea ports are located in India’s coastal zones. Some of major metropolitan areas such as Mumbai and Chennai, and economically industrially active ports harbours and cities are located on the west including Porbander, Veraval, Surat , Panaji etc.
Similarly east coasts including Bhubaneswar , Paradeep Vizag etc have been expanding without any sustainable spatial and environmental planning and are sitting ducks for natural disaster, he said.
Several top Indian scientists of the NIO and experts also presented their papers on the subjects. The workshop was attended by about 12 journalists from across the country and about a dozen from the state of Goa.