In 2017, the World Mangrove Action Day began on a positive and hopeful note. The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) released a study revealing that the mangrove cover in Mumbai had increased by 20 per cent.
The step has been taken to eliminate open dumping and burning of garbage that eventually affects the health of trees. As per Hindustan Times, to protect Mumbai’s 6,600 hectares of mangrove cover, the Maharashtra state government has dedicated a cell.
To protect and preserve the mangroves in the suburbs of Mumbai, the state forest department recently introduced bio-fences or barriers made from plants.
These bio-fences, on which the plants and shrubs are grown, are installed in Versova.
Presently, the state cell has funded the construction of the bio-fence for a half 90-metre stretch.
Image source: Hindustan Times
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