Preserving Mangroves Provides Protection and Food Security

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


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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