Protecting Forests for Water Security
Mumbai Going Towards The Environmental Destruction In The Lightning Speed.. Our #Forest, Our #Mangroves, Our #Wetlands, Our #Trees, Our #Rivers, Our #Coastline Are Being Destroyed. Let's restore our #environment and stand #UnitedForChange on March 30, 2019 at NCPA,Marine Drive pic.twitter.com/uzYYLpb0Qg— Ketan Nardhani (@ketan83) March 27, 2019
It takes ages for a forest to grow but to lay a cable, 54,000 trees were felled in just three days. The loss can never be recovered however many afforestation and tree plantation drives or Miyawaki Method of accelerated tree growth is done. So despite the wonderful efforts of the people increasing tree cover in Mumbai's suburb of Jogeshwari, the priority should be preserving Aarey Forest and the mangroves along the coast of Mumbai to protect our financial capital from storm surges, soil erosion and keep it's air clean and water secure.
Mangroves, pictured in the cover image have the power to clean up brackish water. Trees of the rainforests make their own rain. Palms were planted on bunds of “Eri” – the Tamil name for a water reservoir – to enhance water retention. As seen in the coconut farm created by ‘Tree’ Natesan on so-called dry and barren land beyond Chennai and the ethnomedicinal forest surviving at Vaigai Flora Botanical Gardens beyond Madurai, water levels and water quality improved in less than a decade due to increased tree cover.
Yet, despite the vital link between forests and water security, when the third world war is purported to be over water, we are felling forests at alarming rates and for ridiculous reasons!As the Guardian article headline puts it,
the American love for luxury toilet paper is destroying virgin Canadian forests!Norway is perhaps doing it right, it’s paying Indonesia to preserve its rainforests. While forests are the first among equals in fixing carbon dioxide and defence against climate change, its primacy in ensuring water security must not be missed.