GOA

Goa is located on the West coast of India between the co-ordinates 140 53' 57'' North to 150 47'59'' North latitude and 730 40' 54" East to 740 20' 11" East longitude with a geographical area of 3702 sq.km. It is bounded by the districts of Sindhudurga (Maharasthra) in the North, Belgaum & Dharwad (Karnataka) along the East, North Kanara (Karnataka) in the South and Arabian Sea in the West. The Western Ghat region runs along the Eastern length of the state and consists of a wide belt of rich forest, with abundant bio-diversity of flora and fauna. The intermediate region that lies between the high Western Ghat region and the Coastal plains is called the mid land region, with distinct geographical and ecological characteristics.

The State of Goa hosts a diversity of Ecosystems which comprise Coastal, Mangrove, Estuarine Grassland, Wetland and Western Ghat Habitats. Each ecosystem is a complex mosaic of a diversity of species: 44 major mammals, 74 resident bird species, 23 reptiles and 130 major plant species.

Forests account for 33% of the total area of the State and they play an important role in maintaining the ecological balance of the region.

The initiative of the Government to promote Eco-tourism have also resulted in added efforts to conserve our natural ecosystems and traditional agricultural ecosystems.

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Capital: Panaji State: Goa
Country: India Continent: Asia

GOA AT A GLANCE - 2001
Selected Socio-Economic Indictors for Goa

1.
Geographical Area (Sq. km.)
3,702
2.
Coastline (Km)
105
3.
No. of districts
2
4.
No. of Talukas
11
5.
Total no. of villages
360
i. No. of inhabited villages
347
ii. No. of uninhabited villages
13
6.
No. of towns
44
i. Municipal towns
14
ii. Census towns other than municipal towns
30
7.
Total Population
13,43,998
(i) Male Population
6,85,617
(ii) Female Population
6,58,381
(iii) Rural Population
6,75,129
(iv) Urban Population
6,68,869
8.
Literacy percentage
i. Males
88.88
ii. Females
75.51
iii. Total
82.30
9.
Forest Area (Sq. Km.)
1424.38
i. Government Forest (Sq. Km.)
1224.38 (33%)
ii. Private Forest (Sq. Km.)
200.00 (approx. 5%)
10.
Rainfall (year 2003) (mm)
2,682.9

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