New Delhi: To protect mangroves and local livelihoods in India, Apple on Friday announced a new initiative in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. The tech giant awarded a grant to the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) to work with the local community to protect 2,400 hectares of mangrove forest in the area, which provides a vital buffer against the most dangerous effects of climate change.
The company said that through the partnership, AERF will enter into conservation agreements with local community members, offering protection to the mangroves on their land.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said, “Our new partnership in India continues this momentum, helping a community to benefit economically from the restoration of mangrove forests that are vulnerable to climate change. protect you from the worst effects of
The partnership aims to help transform the local economy into an economy that depends on keeping mangroves intact and healthy.
AERF will also engage Conservation International to verify the climate benefits of mangroves, accounting for carbon in both trees and soil.
Besides protecting coastal communities from climate impacts such as unpredictable monsoons and rising tides that threaten Raigad district, mangroves act as carbon sinks that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their soil and plants. We do.
Dr Archana Godbole, Director, AERF said, “While the issues of mangrove conservation are diverse and different everywhere, there are also opportunities in our project area here.”
Godbole said, “Training our young enthusiastic team as well as local communities to blue carbon will certainly help us go a long way in achieving mangrove conservation in this vibrant coastal region along the Arabian Sea. “
first published:April 25, 2022, 3:51 p.m.