The term "mangrove" traces its origins to the Senegalese word 'mangue,' which aptly translates to 'into the sea.' Mangroves, often seen as picturesque landscapes, play a vital role in our well-being by offering a variety of essential services.
Along with being havens of biodiversity, their intricate root systems act as natural shields, protecting communities from tsunamis, floods, and soil erosion. Furthermore, mangroves are climate allies, storing carbon and mitigating climate change, while also serving as pollution filters, preserving water quality with their expansive root networks.
India's coastline is graced by the presence of over 4750 square kilometres of mangroves, an astonishing expanse that constitutes approximately 3% of the world's entire mangrove coverage. These verdant havens flourish in states like West Bengal, Gujarat, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.
Sadly, mangroves face numerous threats, including human impact from activities like agriculture, resource depletion due to population growth, and infrastructure pressures from rising sea levels and water diversion projects.
To restore mangroves, WWF-India works on a community-centred model for safeguarding mangroves, including conducting mangrove biodiversity surveys, conducting door-to-door interviews with households threatened by tidal erosion, cyclones, and human-wildlife conflict, and establishing a mangrove nursery in Bhateni, Kendrapara District.
These efforts represent a significant commitment to preserving mangroves and ensuring the well-being of the ecosystems and the communities they support.
Your support can make a significant difference. By championing mangrove preservation, you directly impact ecosystems, livelihoods, and our planet's health.