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

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Chennai-based MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) agreed to work together for the conservation of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh.

As per the official report, The UNFCCC has sanctioned Rs. 3.8 crore for the potential adaptation strategy of MSSRF in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh through an adaptation fund, the objective of which is to overcome the consequences of sea level rise and seawater inundation following cyclones. The UNFCCC will release the adaptation fund through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Key facts about the Project:

  • Restoration of the Sorlagondi mangrove forest covers in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The conservation of the mangrove forest becomes significant, as a portion of it has been spared for the proposed Missile Test Launch Facility project of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • 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 of August 2015.
  • The abandoned land will be brought under fish cultivation, while landless families will be involved in cage cultivation in three villages – Sorlagondi, 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 MSSRF.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Andhra Pradesh Capital – Vijayawada (Amaravati is the planned capital)
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister – Chandrababu Naidu
  • Andhra Pradesh Governor – S. L. Narasimhan