Mangrove swamps declining in Lankan waters
Commercial considerations are taking a heavy toll on the popular
mangrove swamps in Sri Lanka, with environmentalists asking for
effective measures to preserve them. Mangrove plants has helped in water
flow and enhancing the possession of sediments in the water system.
A study said healthy mangrove forests helped save Sri Lankan
villagers during the tsunami 2004.
"Mangrove protect from erosion as their massive root system is
efficient. Fishing in these lagoons is the livelihood of many coastal
dwellers. Of the entire land mass of Sri Lanka. Mangroves cover an area
of 0.1 percent," said an official of the Sri Lanka Mangrove Conservation
and Demonstration Centre.
Regarding practical conservation strategies, several hectares of
degraded land are being reconverted to mangrove forest, the official
As much as 12,000 hectares of area in Sri Lanka are covered under
mangroves that include very rare species and types of plant associations
in different climatological zones. Fishing in these lagoons is the
livelihood for over 120,000 coastal people - PTI