Preserving Mangroves Provides Protection and Food Security

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Snuggled between the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south, the Pichavaram mangrove forest spans some 1,100 hectares, its complex root system and inter-tidal ecosystem offering a sturdy barrier against seawater intrusion, waves and flooding. Photo source: ©© Karthik Easvur

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The aerial roots of the mangroves regulate tides and nurture the silt in the coastal ecosystem thereby sustaining diverse varieties of fish and crops” says Dr. Gyanamurthy, a marine biologist at the Pichavaram field station of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Pichavaram, Cuddalore district…

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