Around 5.8% of Goa’s total area of 3,792 sq km is covered by wetlands. Besides adding to Goa’s natural beauty, these wetlands are important ecosystems that sustain fish, aquatic flora and fauna and recharge groundwater. Declaring a region as a wetland gives it special protection against construction and garbage disposal.
Over the centuries, Goan villagers have built a criss-crossing network of bandhs with sluice gates designed to trap fish. The added benefit to someone like me is that these bandhs serve as an excellent location to ride my motorcycle on single tracks in a beautiful surrounding.