Indian Coasts Conservation Programme in Goa - INDIA

This project has three key programmes responding to different aspects of marine conservation in India:


1) Ocean Watch - Marine Wildlife Stranding Response & Monitoring Network (second phase programme)

2) Students For Seas - Environment Education (Pilot programme)

3) Ocean Friendly Hospitality - Sustainable Coastal Tourism (Pilot programme)

With these programmes, we aim at conserving the coasts in Goa, in collaboration with our local partner Terra Conscious.

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Ocean Watch is a Public – Private – Community (PPC) network established by terra Conscious in 2017, Goa, to monitor the state’s approximately 101 long coastline and report marine wildlife stranding incidents to the state forest department. This network is run currently as a collaboration between the Goa Forest Department, Drishti Marine, Terra Conscious and more recently Swiss Cetacean Society (since 2020). 

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Achievements of phase one (June 2017 – June 2020):

1) Trained 680 lifeguards & forest department personnel as well as 20 veterinarians from Goa’s Animal Husbandry Department. 

2) Established a statewide monitoring network that has reported 340 marine wildlife stranding incidents from June 2017 – June 2020 to the Goa Forest Department. 

3) Provided First Responder assistance to 340 stranded marine animals in compliance with marine wildlife stranding protocols.


4) Maintained and analyzed an open source database of all marine wildlife stranding incidents in Goa reported to this network since its inception. 


5) Provided for the health and safety of 600 lifeguards across Goa by distributing reusable gloves to use when addressing a stranding incident. 



  1. Regular monitoring of marine wildlife stranding incidents.  

  2. Improved first response actions for strandings. 

  3. A more aware and engaged public

  4. More media coverage enabled for stranding incidents. 

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Phase II 

Key learnings of phase one have identified several gaps that need to be addressed for phase II (July 2020 – July 2023) and divided into 4 objectives :



To improve the available infrastructure for the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded marine animals. 



To provide long term monitoring data for sea turtles and cetaceans reported off the coast of Goa. 



To raise awareness about marine ecosystems and wildlife and stranding protocols amongst the wider public to build support for the network. 



To advocate for state level guidelines in Goa for marine wildlife stranding monitoring and response in accordance with national guidelines. 

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This 18 months pilot programme is focused on creating a statewide student network that can engage in raising awareness about the importance of marine ecosystems and enable ground conservation action. Phase I (July – December 2020) has been funded. We are currently raising funds for phase II (January – December 2021) of this project. 


  • To create a network of engaged and aware students across Goa who can support and participate in marine and coastal conservation initiatives.  


  • To raise awareness about our oceans and coasts with emphasis on key marine species and regional/global conservation challenges and create student led projects for conservation action. 

  • To create a network of trained educators who can use this module and have skills to develop their own content in the ocean and coastal conservation space. 

  • To create an active network of student led 'Ocean Clubs' that can take up grassroots initiatives for awareness building and marine/coastal conservation action.

  • To create a digital platform where courses on different topics related to marine ecology are available for students and teachers.


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Meet the team for phase I: Puja, Ivan, Charlotte, Roshan, Marishia and Justine

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This 1 year pilot programme is focused on enabling sustainability for coastal hospitality. Goa has several coastal properties (hotels, guesthouses, restaurants) that are located across it's 101 sq.kms of coastline, and many of them currently do not follow sustainable practices, thereby causing a significant impact on the marine and coastal ecosystems around them.



  • To create a statewide network of engaged and aware coastal hospitality partners who practice and endorse responsible tourism.

  • To develop region specific guidelines for 'Ocean Friendly Hospitality' through multi stakeholder consultations. 


  • To raise awareness about our oceans and coasts with emphasis on key marine species and regional/global conservation challenges and build support for marine/coastal conservation action. 


  • To develop a monitoring and evaluation programme for programme partners. 


  • To create an 'Ocean Friendly' alumnus network of partners who can form a management structure for long term sustainability.  


  • To enable a graded paid membership structure to sustain the programme.

Why are these projects important?


  • Goa is India's most polluted coastal destination, with tourist coming in large numbers every year and having an impact on the coasts.

  • Disposable plastic is part of the everyday life of locals and tourists.

  • More than 400 dolphin watching boats are present in Goa, almost all of them do not follow codes of good conduct regarding how to approach dolphins.

  • Abnormally high numbers of endangered dolphins and turtles are stranded on Goa's beaches, certainly in relation to human activities.

  • The locals, especially children, do not have much access to information about the marine environment, which is very rich in Goa.​​​

What will your support be used for ?

Thanks to your donations, we will be able to implement the second phase of these projects, and make it possible for our local team to work every day on this project for 1 year.

Example of Activities Phase II - OCEAN WATCH

  • Provide 5 cetacean stretchers and 5 sea turtle stretchers for efficient and humane transport of live stranded animals.  

  • Provide medical equipment and medicines for 1 year. 

  • Provide 1 cage for each lifeguard tower that can accommodate 1 or two sea turtles or sea birds for safety and supervision

  • Develop a network website and dashboard that allows for state wise data to be entered and uploaded for public access

  • Place infographic signage on all beaches and jetties in Goa to raise awareness about marine ecosystems and wildlife amongst visitors and locals alike.  

Example of Activities Phase II - STUDENTS FOR SEAS 

  • Implement the Teacher Training sessions. 

  • Introduce and establish the concept in local schools for interested students, where they can receive mentoring, knowledge support and design their own conservation projects.

  • Create a tool kit for the Ocean Clubs that members can use for local research projects, awareness building and on ground engagement. 

Example of Activities Phase II - OCEAN FRIENDLY HOSPITALITY

  • Reach out to restaurants to get them to switch to KYF and InSeason Fish calendars as part of this programme

  • Reach out to hotels/guest houses through consultation workshops to develop the 'Ocean Friendly Hospitality' guidelines, alumnus network and management structure

  • Promote partners who have signed up to the network who have agreed to begin the transition or have already transitioned and have been ready to join the network. 

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