Godrej & WWF India start campaign for mangrove awareness

27 Jul,2020

By A Correspondent

 

At the cost of urban development, many real estate developers are known to have butchered mangroves causing irreparable damage to the environment. On the occasion of International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems which fell yesterday (July 26), Godrej & Boyce and World Wide Fund for Nature, India (and not World Wildlife Fund, as it used to be called before 1987) has launched ‘Magical Mangroves’, a nationwide campaign which highlights  the significance of mangroves conservation in present times and urges citizens to join the conservation movement.

 

The campaign will span across eight states including Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal, wherein they will promote awareness on the importance of the mangroves ecosystems and invite citizens to become volunteers to help in promoting the same. The volunteers will be engaged for a period of six months and will be part of webinars, film screenings, online quizzes, digital storytelling sessions among other activities.

 

Over the last few decades, Godrej & Boyce’s Wetland Management Services team has been actively managing and conserving one of the largest mangroves in Mumbai at Vikhroli. Taking their efforts a notch higher, Godrej has officially joined hands with WWF India to further strengthen the conservation efforts and promote awareness at a much larger scale across the country. WWF India has been working towards conserving wetlands across the country in the high altitudes, floodplains, urban centres and Ramsar sites for over two decades now.

 

Talking about this initiative, Dr Pheroza Godrej said: “Godrej & Boyce has successfully partnered with WWF on multiple occasions. This endeavour will combine our strengths further and effectively aid us in educating the community to make them understand how small steps taken by them, as individuals, in conserving the mangroves, will eventually contribute to environmental change on a much larger scale in the future.”

 

Added Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF India: “Mangroves act as natural barriers of climate change, serve as nurseries and breeding grounds for a multitude of aquatic species. Their effect on controlling soil erosion is vital to shaping the topography of our coasts. Recognizing the role of younger generations and concerned citizens as major stakeholders in nature conservation in India, this campaign aims at building knowledge about mangroves as essential yet fragile ecosystems and enables positive action for their preservation.”

 

 

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