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Coastal Forestry

Coastal Zone Management  as per CBD guide lines

India has nearly 7000 km of coast line well recognized as a potential source of maritime trade. Several states in India produce huge quantities of fish and prawn for export. While some identified industries such as food industry (production, processing and package) related to sea are going to be developed, there is an imperative need to take care of fisher folk and also to protect the coast line with coastal afforestation to prevent erosion. To oversee and to assess the coastal developmental activities in all sectors it is desirable to start an authority or a board.
Coastal Zone Development Board/Shore Development Authority
Coastal Challenges and Livelihoods as recommended by Aichi targets include
• Interactive orientation program to face storm surges, Cyclones and tidal waves
• Training in algal culture, fish and shrimp feed organisms, developing nursery of coastal vegetation
· Create and implement measures for climate change adaptation as well as mitigation and disaster risk reduction in coastal communities, support local authorities in addressing related challenges;
· Develop and carry out pilot initiatives on adaptation and mitigation in rural communities (e.g. by improving local infrastructure);
· Improve capacities and decision making skills of local bodies and communities on adaptation and mitigation and provide advisory services on disaster risk management;
· Create public awareness, improve regional and global visibility of the project and stimulate networking.
• Gainful employment for women folk in marine food processing industry
• Cyclone shelters built decades ago have crumbled and got damaged and a large number of two storied circular structures spaced 5 km apart are to be built which would serve as shelter when needed and as community service hall during other times.
• Internet and training centres can be operated from these shelters for the benefit of fishery and agriculture/Horticulture
• In some places telemedicine centres could be operated
• Communication, Education(Transformative),Public Awareness are tp be promoted
• Modules of training through regular mode and also in Tranformative Education mode are to be initiated through Institutes of Coastal Livelihoods. The following are some of the areas for training and some suggested centres

· Livelihood options: Shrimp feed organisms culture
· Marine food processing
· Algal Culture
· Coastal Forestry with focus on Mangroves

Mangroves

The Indian tidal or mangrove forests are most luxuriant around the mouths of large rivers and in sheltered bays and are found mainly in areas, where annual rainfall is fairly high. The plants in these forests include trees, shrubs, ferns and palms and these plants are mainly found in the tropics and sub-tropics on riverbanks and along coastlines. The plants are unusually adapted to anaerobic conditions of both salt and fresh water environments. All these plants have nicely adapted to the muddy, shifting, saline conditions and they mainly produce stilt roots that project above the mud and water in order to absorb oxygen. The mangrove plants also form communities that help them to stabilise banks and coastlines and also to provide natural habitat to many types of animals. 


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