Chennai, July 26 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu forest department is for massive plantation of mangroves in coastal areas of the state as part of the International Mangroves day today (26 July). In Ramanathapuram for instance, the state forest department is in the process of planting mangroves in 25 hectares of coastal line. The theme of this years International Mangrove day is ‘ Raising awareness about Mangrove’.
The forest department is opting for mangrove varieties like Avicennia Maria in Ramanathapuram coastal line as it is available in these areas. Volunteers and forest officials are collecting seeds of the plant in the mainland and planted in bags from tomorrow onwards. These plants will then be planted after monsoon season in coastal areas as the salinity will be less after monsoon.
Green TN Mission is roped in by the state forest department to maintain the already planted mangroves as in some areas the growth of these plants are stunted. This, according to senior officials of the department is due to the lack of proper backwater area.
As part of the international mangrove day theme of creating awareness of mangroves, the forest department is planning to conduct special events on July 26 for college students and on July 30 for the general public.
There will be boating through the mangrove forest at Karangadu mangrove site for students and general public. Forest officials will explain the protection extended to coastal areas by the mangroves. The department is taking steps to maintain the mangrove forests from wilting.