Conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems for increased resilience to climate change in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Location: Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India
Funded by: Centre for Sustainable Conservation Action for Protection of Ecosystems of the Seas ('C-SCAPES') – Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD)
MSSRF with the support of ‘C-SCAPES is implementing “Conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems for increased resilience to climate change in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India’’ along the Kedilam estuary and along the Buckingham canal in Cuddalore town.
The Pennar River runs north of the town, while Gadilam River runs across it. Cuddalore is situated 200 km from the state capital Chennai. The climate in general is moderately hot and humid tropical. The coastal stretch of Cuddalore extends from Gadilam estuary in the north to Pichavaram mangroves in the south, a total length of 42 km along the Bay of Bengal. This region experiences severe tropical cyclones during the northeast monsoon (October through December), and nearly 60 cyclonic storms have been reported in the past century (Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) eAtlas 2011). Large parts of this coastal zone are low-lying with a gentle slope, resulting in wide inundation, thus increasing the vulnerability of the region. The Cuddalore town was severely affected in Thane cyclone during December 2011. The Devanampattinam village has a population of 4,500 fishers depending on marine fishing. The fishes caught are being sold in local market and to vendors from the nearby Districts and to Kerala State.
To enhance the awareness on the important of mangroves for better ecological and livelihood security of the coastal community
To establish nature clubs in the schools will improve the understanding of the children about the importance of natural resources and their conservation.
To restore and protect the mangroves in Cuddalore region involving the stakeholders to reduce the impacts of climate change
Coastal areas along the estuary protected from the impacts of climate change including the cyclones, shoreline erosion, and stormsurges
Restored mangroves areas enhance the fisheries productivity
The communityand the school children are aware on the importance of mangroves in and around Cuddalore town
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