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| Last Updated:: 08/08/2016

Important Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Areas (ICMBAs)

 

(Photo: Bijoy Das Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary)

 

India has taken several steps to achieve the National Biodiversity Target no 6 and Aichi Biodiversity Target no 11 which aim to conserve a substantial portion of the coastal and marine areas in the country and world respectively. Towards achieving these two targets, 106 coastal and marine sites have been identified and prioritized as Important Coastal and Marine Areas (ICMBAs) by the Wildlife Institute of India. Sixty-two ICMBAs have been identified along the west coast of India, and 44 have been identified along the east coast. Of these, 22 ICMBAs have been prioritized for immediate conservation actions and proposed to be upgraded as Protected Areas under categories such as Conservation or Communities Reserve to increase participation of the local communities in governance. more details..

 

 Important Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Areas (ICMBAs) in India

 

State

District

Identified Site

North

East

Area (Sq.Km)

Suggested category

Gujarat

(14)

Kachchh

1. Koteshwar

23o40.363

68o33.614

146

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Kachchh

2. Jacau

23o14.245

68 o 36.602

403

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Kachchh

3. Gasabara

22o57.305

69 o 00.121

19

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Porbandar

4. Porbandar

21o39.150

69 o 36.629

261

Wildlife Sanctuary

Porbandar

5. Madhavpur

21o15.717

69 o 57.057

19.6

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Diu-Daman

6. Diu

20o23.034

70 o 57.613

179

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Junagad

7. Gopnath

21o26.090

72 o 06.531

87

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Bhavnagar

8. Bhavnagar

21o45.678

72 o 11.502

816

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Anand

9. Wadgham

22o16.414

72 o 27.661

927

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Surat

10. Aliabet

21o38.294

72 o 42.909

647

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Surat

11.  Purna

20o56.254

72 o 48.201

147

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Valsad

12.  Ambika

20o45.348

72 o 51.202

105

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Valsad

13.  Damnganga

20o24.654

72 o 51.019

9

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Valsad

14.  Umergaon

20o12.265

72 o 44.976

22.5

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Maharashtra

(16)

Thane

15.  Vaiterna creek

19o31.623

72 o 51.116

132.4

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Thane

16.  Bassien/Vasai creek

19o19.111

72 o 51.203

150

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Thane

17.  Thane creek

19o09.256

72 o 58.671

152

Conservation Reserve

Raigad

18.  Dharamtar

18o41.865

73 o 01.625

340

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Raigad

19.  Kundalika

18o32.690

72 o 55.915

98

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Raigad

20.  Murud-Janjira/Mhasala

18o18.366

72 o 57.990

141.7

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Raigad

21.  Shrivardhan

18o02.102

73 o 01.037

9.6

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Ratnagiri

22.  Harihareshwar- Savitri

17o59.455

73 o 01.136

21.77

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Ratnagiri

23.  Dabhol/Vasishti

17o34.799

73 o 10.910

23

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Ratnagiri

24.  Jaigad

17o17.545

73 o 13.402

40.75

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Ratnagiri

25.  Purnagad

16o48.503

73 o 19.349

9.4

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Ratnagiri

26.  Vijayadurgh

16o33.592

73 o 20.116

48.45

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Sindhudurg

27.  Devgad

16o22.475

73 o 22.278

14.4

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Sindhudurg

28.  Angria Bank

16o21.323

72 o 08.083

400

Conservation Reserve

Sindhudurg

29.  Achra-Malvan

16o12.326

73 o 26.518

62.74

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Sindhudurg

30.  Terekhol

15o43.411

73 o 41.306

7.5

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Goa

(3)

North Goa

31.  Morjim-Anjuna

15o37.019

73 o 44.007

11

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

North Goa

32.  Zuari-Mandovi estuary

15o27.989

73 o 48.297

84.5

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

South Goa

33.  Galgibagh

14o57.877

74 o 03.201

3.5

Cons. / Comm. Reserve

Karnataka

 (10)

Uttara Kannada

34.  Kali estuary

14o51.206

74 o 06.712

25.3

Cons. / Comm. Reserve