Restoring Mangroves, Rebuilding Livelihoods

The Integrated Mangrove Restoration Programme along the Coromandel Coast of India has an impact in the restoration of over 3000 ha of degraded mangrove wetlands, and promotion of Joint Mangrove Management (JMM) programme by bringing in ~10000 mangrove user families and covering ~20000 ha of mangrove forests for restoration. The National Mangrove Action Plan has included the JMM as the best available model for mangrove management and the model is also accepted by NABARD as a potential adaptation method to overcome the challenges of sea level rise and other climate change induced disaster events.

In MSSRF’s Integrated Mangrove Fishery Farming System (IMFFS), mangrove plantation and aquaculture are combined, and the promotion of traditional canal fishing resulted in healthy and high harvests with low external inputs. This model that successfully demonstrates culturing of sea bass, milk fish, mullet, crab and prawn is replicated in many locations. The model which is simple and women friendly has shown the potential of generating an income between INR 15,000 to 30,000 from their fish ponds within 4 months of operation. The Aquaculture Authority of India recognised this eco-system based model to be considered for Eco-labelling.

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