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While mangrove forests play a major role with more valuable ecological services, scientific management of the same is the need of the hour not only for the wellbeing of the mankind but also for coastal biodiversity. Discuss.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.

6. While mangrove forests play a major role with more valuable ecological services, scientific management of the same is the need of the hour not only for the wellbeing of the mankind but also for coastal biodiversity. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu downtoearth.org.in

Why this question?

From an extent of 400 acres of vast mangrove wetlands around Meghadrigedda creek located between the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and airport, the precious green cover today is less than 40 acres. For long a green lung of the city, a home to several bird and marine species, it is crumbling. Thanks to decades of industrialisation and urban development projects.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must explain the importance of Mangrove ecosystem in protection of the coastlines and minimizing disasters due to cyclones and tsunami and how mangroves store more carbon dioxide than most other forests. One has to highlight the role played by the mangroves in maintaining a balance in the ecosystem services and thus the need of preserving them and conserving them.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Introduce with what are mangroves briefly, their role in ecosystem.

Body:

Explain what are Mangroves, their roles and functions.

How a mangrove ecosystem is the interface between terrestrial forests and aquatic marine ecosystems?

Brief upon the distribution of Mangroves in India.

Why is the need for preserving? – discuss the aspects of scientific management.

What needs to be done – policy level? Individual level and societal level.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance of preserving Mangrove ecosystem.

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