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UNFCCC, MSSRF to work for conservation of coastal resources of Andhra Pradesh

The two organisations will work together for the conservation of coastal resources, with focus on the restoration of the Sorlagondi mangrove forest cover in Krishna district.

Aug 24, 2015 15:15 IST
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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Chennai-based MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in third week of August 2015 agreed to work together for the conservation of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh.

The UNFCCC has sanctioned 3.8 crore rupees for the potential adaptation strategy of MSSRF in Krishna district through an adaptation fund.

The objective of the adaptation initiative is to overcome the consequences of sea level rise and seawater inundation following cyclones.

Focus of the project
• Restoration of the Sorlagondi mangrove forest covers in Krishna district.
• A roadmap to improve the mangrove forest cover in 200 acres and fish cultivation in around 50 acres of mangrove forest has been prepared, and it will be executed by the end August 2015.
• The abandoned land will be brought under fish cultivation, while landless families will be involved in cage cultivation in three villages-Sorlagondi and Nali in Nagayalanka mandal and Basavanipalem in Koduru mandal.
• Cage cultivation would be encouraged in brackish water by setting up as many as 10 cages in the three villages adopted by Swaminathan Research Foundation.

The UNFCCC will release the adaptation fund through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

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