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Nationwide campaign begins for conservation of dwindling mangroves by WWF .

28/07/2020

Ankur Bhattacharya

Kolkata, July 28 (HS) : To mark the International Day for the ‘Conservation of  Mangrove Ecosystems’, the World Wide Fund (WWF) today launched ‘Magical Mangroves’, a nationwide campaign to highlight the significance of the conservation of mangroves in present times with participation of all sections of people in the movement.


Spanning across eight coastal states including West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala each of which has mangrove forest with West Bengal having the largest mangrove belt in the country at the Sunderbans, the 'Magical Mangroves' movement would make all out efforts to promote awareness on the importance of preserving the mangroves and their ecosystems to protect the coastal belts. 


As part of the nationwide programme WWF would invite citizens to become volunteers to help in promoting the need for preserving the dwindling natural habitat.


Under the year-long programmes, volunteers would be engaged for planting mangrove trees and saplings during the next six months in the Sunderbans and other coastal areas. Among the trees to be planted are Garan, Segun and Hetal having very fast growth potential. 


These apart a number of  informative webinars, film shows, online quiz and digital story-telling sessions would be organised in association with various major corporate houses, WWF Secretary General Ravi Singh told Hindusthan Samachar today.


Over the last few decades, WWF and the Wetland Management Services team had been managing and conserving the country's largest mangroves in the Sunderban areas till it was severely damaged because of Super cyclone Amphan on 20 May, he said.


Now the WWF India had decided to further strengthen the conservation efforts and promote awareness at a much larger scale not only in West Bengal but across the country, Singh stated further. 


“Mangroves act as natural barriers of climate change, serve as nurseries and breeding grounds for a multitude of aquatic species”, Singh said adding that their effect on controlling soil erosion was vital to shaping the topography of all coasts. Recognizing the role of younger generations and concerned citizens as major stakeholders in nature conservation in India, this campaign also aims at building knowledge about mangroves as essential yet fragile ecosystems and enables positive action for their preservation,” Singh pointed out.

 

Hindusthan Samachar 


 
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