In order to create awareness about the importance of riparian ecology and how the River Mhadei sustains these plants, the ‘PlantsOfMhadei Walk: Know Your Shore Plants’ is being organised on May 16, 2023.
The walk aims to introduce participants to the various plant life and flora along the banks of the Mandovi river, which is also referred to as the Mhadei.
The walk will be led by co-founder of ‘Plant Walks Goa’, Dr Maryanne Lobo, and it will be start from 7.30 am on Miramar Beach, Panjim.
ABOUT DR MARYANNE LOBO
Dr Maryanne Lobo has been an ayurvedic practitioner in Goa for the last 19 years. A passionate nature and heritage lover, she has a deep connection with the River Mhadei since her childhood.
She says, "The ‘PlantsOfMhadei Walk’ event aims to educate participants about the significance and importance of riparian ecology, how the Mhadei sustains these plants, and explain linkages to soil erosion and climate change."
THE PURPOSE OF THE PLANT WALKS GOA GROUP
Participants are encouraged to bring their colouring pens, sketchbooks and creativity to paint, journal or write a poem on their experience.
The ‘Plant walks Goa’ group is dedicated towards promoting education, culinary use of wild food, creating environmental awareness and promoting traditional folk medicine.
The educational walk on May 16, 2023 along the picturesque banks of the Mandovi river near Panjim, is part of a host of activities in the run up to the upcoming ‘Mhadei Amchi Mai Festival’ which is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of river conservation.
The Mhadei river is a source of life for plants, fish and humans and is a benevolent mother to the ecosystem and the human habitation that exists around it.
Lobo also said that any reduction of the river’s water quantum will impact the survival of shore plants, which prevent soil erosion and lower the carbon imprint.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The meeting point for the walk is at Miramar beach, in front of the circle promenade.
The event aims to provide an opportunity for not just nature lovers, but for everyone, to learn about the plants that grow on the Mhadei river bank and shore, say the organisers.
Participants will engage in activities such as slowing down, grounding, connecting to the ecosystem and understanding how the ecosystem influences us. They will also learn more about the role of plants in protecting our river banks and surrounding ecosystems.
WHERE: The meeting point for the walk is Miramar beach, in front of the circle promenade
WHEN: May 16, 2023
TIMINGS: 7.30 am to 8.30 am