Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to create greater awareness regarding the role played by mangrove forests thereby making a concerted effort with all the stakeholders for the preservation and restoration of the existing forests alongside educating people about the importance of such forests in their lives.
It's all part of making a better world.
The mangrove forests acts as a green wall against storms and tsunamis. It is the home to a rich biodiversity. Tigers, birds, small mammals, crustaceans and fishes thrives in such a forest. Once protected the biodiversity will escape extinction and continue to maintain the ecological balance in future years. Carbon sequestration will improve. Livelihoods of forest dependent people will remain secured.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by the indigenous population who are dependent on the forest for their livelihood. The Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Eastern India is unique ecosystem. The impoverished sections living on the periphery will improve if the forest and the biodiversity thrives.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
Increase in the number of Bengal Tigers and other species.
Reductions in the extent of destruction caused by major storms.
Increase in purchasing power of the people dependent on forest produce.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
Increase in the expanse of the mangrove forests will mean a secure abode for many flora and fauna that are threatened by the current loss of forest cover. The reverse migration of people dependent on the forests to cities will indicate that the traditional way of life is available for them which will not only preserve the ancient knowledge but also increase their purchasing power giving them a secure life.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?