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United Nations University ,Tokyo, Japan acknowledged the operation of a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE-Tirupati) on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ under the Chairmanship of Prof.R.Ramamurthi. The Foundation is being launched at Orion Hall of Hotel Pai Viceroy on Oct 1st 2015 at 7.30 pm.

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Mangrove development and Coastal forestation

In recent times, there have been an increase in reports that sea is eroding coast line of Andhra Pradesh at several places. Though different reasons are being given for the phenomenon, no one can deny the fact that decreasing mangrove forest cover along the coast is one important reason for it.

The state also has the dubious distinction of being the top on the list of mangrove forest cover loss in last three and half decades, which is in contrast to other coastal states in the country, where there has been a significant improvement in mangrove forest cover.

According to the Indian State Forest Report 2011, the state, which had 495 sq km of mangrove forest cover in 1987 had gradually reduced to 353 sq km by 2009, while Gujarat, which had 427 sq km of mangrove forest cover in 1987, increased it phenomenally to 1045 sq km by 2009. The contrast between the two States also reflect the policies adopted to safeguard the natural wealth.

Mangroves act as nurseries for various forms of fish and other forms of aquatic, amphibian and land species, vital for bio-diversity. They also act as stabilising factor for coasts and prevent land erosion due to sea.

On the beach, the dense forest yields to the ocean. Blasting by prevailing westerly winds and sand often leave these sentinels flagged, with branches on just the protected leeward side. Look for eagles perched on the battered treetops. Jumbled drift logs lining the beach come from forests up river where meandering waters and floods undermine the forest, then deliver fallen trees to the ocean.

 


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