Mangrove Conservation project kicks off in Kerala

Apollo Tyres and Wildlife Trust of India have entered into a partnership to restore a critical mangrove project in Kerala’s Kannur district.

Apollo Tyres and Wildlife Trust of India announced the partnership to coincide with the International Day for Biodiversity on Sunday.

The Kannur Kandal project (mangrove conservation) aims at ensuring survival of existing mangroves and increase acreage of such habitats across Kannur, potentially making it a prototype for other coastal districts of Kerala and a model for the rest of the country, a release from the tyre major said.

The actual site for Apollo Tyres-WTI’s project will be in Kunhimangalam village in Kannur district, which is one of the largest mangrove villages of Kerala.

The project will establish a hub, located in the natural ecosystem, for mangrove-based education, serving as an open air laboratory for research and promoting restoration through community and government participation.

A mangrove nursery and community-based initiatives to enhance public awareness and reduce threats to mangroves are other aspects of the project. Particular efforts will be made to generate scientific interest about mangroves among the youth, the release said.

(Agency)

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