Establishment and Management of Mangrove and Shelterbelt plantation along the coastal areas in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Location: Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Funded by: HCL Foundation
MSSRF in association with HCL Foundation is implementing a project on “Establishment and Management of Mangrove and Shelterbelt plantation along the coastal areas in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh’’ in Krishna District. The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the coastal areas in Krishna district through establishing mangrove bioshield in 25 ha. The project will also bring convergence with the local level organizations such as gram panchayats, SHGs, fishers’ organizations to sustain the restored mangrove bioshield.
The coastal communities living along the coastal areas are experiencing the disasters like cyclones, floods, heavy gales and tidal waves. The coastal Andhra Pradesh is highly vulnerable to cyclones with varying intensities. During this century, more than 103 cyclones have affected Andhra Pradesh resulting in loss of human lives, livestock and property. The 1977 Diviseema cyclone that was accompanied by a 5m storm surge killed more than 10,000 people and 2 lakh livestock besides causing enormous damage to property in the Krishna delta region. The coastal vulnerability will further increase as a consequence of changes in the climatic conditions that lead to storm surges and increase in sea levels. The national and state disaster management authorities suggested developing mangrove and shelterbelts to reduce the impact of coastal storms and seawater inundation.
Objectives of the project
The objectives of the project are:
To mobilise the community to plan, implement and monitor the project activities
To reduce the impacts of natural disasters such as cyclones and storm surges in the vulnerable areas of Krishna district by establishing mangrove shelterbelts
To reduce the impacts of coastal erosion and salinization
Reduced erosion and protection of the area during cyclones
ecosystem services including income through fishery enhanced
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.