16 Dec '11, 7pm

Mumbai's Mangrove Clearing Ban Is Working - Could Be Saving City $52 Million Every Year

Mumbai's Mangrove Clearing Ban Is Working - Could Be Saving City $52 Million Every Year

TreeHugger's written numerous times on the importance of mangrove forests both for carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat and coastal protection from both sea level rise and storms, as well as the fact that they are being cleared around the world at an alarming rate. Well, Mumbai decided to do something about that six years ago, after the Bombay High Court ordered a ban on mangrove clearing, and the effort is paying off. Times of India reports that Mumbai now has 5800 hectares (14,000+ acres) of protected mangrove forest within the city boundaries and in adjacent areas. Conservative estimates show slightly less than half of that amount is actually within the city itself. The Maharashtra state government is now planning to designate 26,000 hectares (100 square miles) of coastal forest as protected. Debi Goenka of the Bombay Environmental Action Group: To a large extent, lan...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/mumbai-mangrov...

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