Pro­tect­ing man­groves

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Wet­lands around Mum­bai con­tinue to be threat­ened de­spite an or­der by the Bom­bay High Court that has di­rected civic au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that no recla­ma­tion or con­struc­tion is al­lowed on wet­lands. Ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, vi­o­la­tions con­tinue to take place ev­ery day. While the for­est depart­ment could act on the vi­o­la­tions on for­est land, a prob­lem arises when there is con­struc­tion on the wet­lands or coastal re­gions.

Wet­lands are ar­eas of land that are ei­ther tem­po­rar­ily or per­ma­nently cov­ered by wa­ter, depend­ing on the sea­sonal vari­abil­ity. They are known to sta­bi­lize coast­lines, con­trol ero­sion, pro­vide a habi­tat for plant and an­i­mal species, pre­vent floods and pu­rify ground­wa­ter. They also reg­u­late cli­mate change by stor­ing car­bon.

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