Establishment and Management of Mangrove Bio-shield along the Chennai coast, Tamil Nadu
Location: Kovalam Estuary in Muttukadu, Chennai
Funded by: HCL Foundation
HCL Foundation is supporting Establishment and Management of Mangrove Bio-shield along the Chennai coast, Tamil Nadu in Kovalam estuary near Muttukadu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The coastal area along Chennai is highly vulnerable to natural devastations such as cyclones, seashore erosion, and the increase in the sea level due to global warming. There is no effective barrier to reduce these coastal vulnerabilities. A long stretch of intertidal area (3 km) suitable to grow mangroves has been identified along the backwaters of Kovalam. The nursery-raised mangrove saplings/ propagules will be planted with the participation of local community.
To enhance the resilience of the coastal area against the natural disasters through mangrove bioshield
To enhance the carbon sink as mangroves sequester large amount of carbon in the soil and provide shelter to fauna including avifauna.
To enhance the fishery resource and improves the sustainable livelihood for the coastal community.
Enhanced resilience against coastal disasters such as cyclones and storm surges.
Enhanced sequestration of atmospheric carbon in the soil.
Enhancement of fishery production and income of the fishers of the village
Increase in biodiversity attracting tourists – potential ecotourism site
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.