Mangroves are a critical ecosystem, especially for Mumbai and its surrounding region. Consistent reclamation of land, including the sewing together of its seven islands, has caused the city to expand tremendously. Coupled with climate change and global warming, this will result in a change in water levels.
Mangroves are the best forms of natural protection against this. As natural barriers, they reduce soil erosion and simply put, provide stability to the land. Not only do they act as a barrier, but also act as a source of livelihood to thousands of economically weaker sections of coastal communities.
In the absence of our mangrove ecosystems, we fear that Mumbai will be extremely vulnerable to climate change.
Illegal dumping, encroachment, toxic pollutants are some of the most common threats to the mangrove cover of Mumbai. Vanashakti has constantly acted as overseer for mangrove related issues in and around Mumbai. From illegal dumping to encroachment, Vanashakti has wrestled to safeguard one of the most important and delicate ecosystems of Mumbai.