WTI & Apollo Tyres to preserve Mangroves in Kerala.
Apollo Tyres and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) has announced their partnership on a critical mangrove restoration project in the Kannur district of Kerala.
The Kannur Kandal Project – ‘kandal’ being the Malayalam word for mangroves – aims to ensure the survival of existing mangroves and increase the acreage of such habitats across Kannur, potentially making it a prototype for other coastal districts of Kerala and a model for the rest of the country.
Mangrove forests act as barriers against cyclones and tsunamis (evidenced in their important role in reducing the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami), prevent coastal erosion, and maintain inland water quality by preventing sea water intrusion.
Mangrove area in Kerala has also reduced drastically over the years, with only 1750 hectares of an estimated historical 70,000 hectares remaining.
The Apollo Tyres-WTI project will establish a hub, located in the natural ecosystem, for mangrove-based education, serving as an open air laboratory for research and promoting restoration through community and government participation. A mangrove nursery and community-based initiatives to enhance public awareness and reduce threats to mangroves are other aspects of the project.