December Eco-days: 5th December, World Soil Day
Mangroves, admittedly, are not only important but crucial for the coastal areas. Since estuarine areas are highly populated areas, the slightest ecological imbalance will take a heavy toll. They play a vital role in stabilizing these areas. No engineering and technological solutions can be sought for stabilizing these areas. Even if we negate all benefits of mangroves as forests, their value as "protector of shore-line" is enough to convince us for conserving them.
Coastlines throughout the world are facing serious problems of coastal erosion and threat of rising sea levels due to global warming have increased the threats by several folds. To control such assault of the sea on land the nature has provided what is called as Mangroves, a tropical littoral ecosystem which is more dynamic than the sea itself. Mangroves not only help in preventing soil erosion but also act as a catalyst in reclaiming land from seas. This is a very unique phenomenon, since there is a general tendency of water to engulf land.
Mangrove forests and estuaries are the breeding and nursery grounds for a number of marine organisms including the commercially important shrimp, crab and fish species. Hence, loss of mangroves not only affects us indirectly but there are direct economic repercussions through loss of fishing industry.
HOW WE ARE DOING?
In collaboration with United Way Mumbai, the iNaturewatch Foundation launched mangrove awareness programme- Shorekeepers of Mumbai in last year.
This season we are again starting mangroves walks in collaboration with United Way Mumbai. This is a FREE programme which is available for schools, colleges and community groups in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
WHAT WE ARE DOING?
The programme includes the mangrove trail along the creeks, shorelines and dense mangrove patch.
The Mangrove walk will includes following:
1. Introduction to mangroves
2. Mangrove Identification
3. Role of mangroves
4. Importance of mangroves in our day to day life
Interested Schools and colleges may contact us to conduct free mangrove walks.
Programme Duration: 2 hrs.
Group size: Minimum 25 to 50
Target Group: School Students (5-10 std.), College students, General Public
Medium of Instruction: English/Marathi/Hindi
1. Seawoods Wetland (Behind NRI Complex)
2. T.S. Chankya, Nerul
3. Bhandup Pumping Station, Bhandup
4. Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Center, Airoli.
5. Other locations could be suggested.
If you are interested to arrange such a walks, feel free to write to us email@example.com or call at 9987013144