From the uplifting of the livelihood of the fishing and coastal community to bringing about a balance in nature and helping scientific research, the APCCF spoke to a crowd of over 100 students about the need for the conservation of these oxygen production agents at the event organised by city based enviro-NGO Paryavaran Dakshata Manch.
Speaking about the five essential uses of the mangroves in addition to the barrier they provide against tsunamis and tidal waves, Vasudevan, said, “Mangroves house a variety of fauna, ranging from birds to crabs and even animals like tigers and deer in many parts of the country, thanks to their unique habitat. Their entangled roots trap in food for juvenile marine life, thus providing a nursery for young fishes, crabs and other aquatic life. As they are the only plants that can take the salinity levels in the sea, there are number studies where their gene is used by scientists to replicate this trait in other plants.”
The forest department has been conducting numerous initiatives for the conservation and growth of mangroves and its awareness, including building walls in between mangrove patches and slums to avoid encroachment, building walkways and bio-diversity centres to increase their awareness, etc