Economic Importance of Mangroves, Afforestation and Reclamation

Sathiadhas, R and George, J P and Jayasurya, P K and Mathew, Ansy (2005) Economic Importance of Mangroves, Afforestation and Reclamation. CMFRI Special Publication : Mangrove ecosystems: A manual for the assessment of biodiversity, 83. pp. 215-218.


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Reclamation/restoration of degraded mangroves by participatory afforestation will give life to an unique environment and form a part of national wealth. Afforestation with a single species of plant suitable for the location is the beginning. Later, mangrove associates and other bio-invasive plants will proliferate and ultimately culminate with the existence of a true mangrove eco-system provided human interventions are restricted. A positive aspect in the cost-benefit analysis of mangrove afforestation programmes is that it does not require any additional cost once the seedlings are properly planted as nature will take care of its further growth. Systematic plantation of mangroves in an area of one hectare costs about Rs.1.08 lakh with the break even cost of Rs.28.85 per tree (Table 1) generating multiple direct and indirect benefits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic Importance of Mangroves; Afforestation; Reclamation
Subjects: Socio Economic and Extension > Fisheries Economics
Marine Ecosystems > Mangroves
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
Subject Areas > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2010 08:31
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:25

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