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  • Writer's pictureAnustup Kundu

Flipkart Foundation and SankalpTaru Foundation Collaborate to Restore the Mangrove Ecosystem in the Sundarbans

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The largest IT-enabled environmental NGO in India, SankalpTaru Foundation, and the Flipkart Foundation, the charitable arm of the Flipkart Group, have joined forces to launch a ground-breaking project aimed at protecting the mangrove ecosystem in West Bengal's Sundarbans. The goal of the 36-month "Community-Based Mangrove Plantation and Restoration" project is to create a continuous 6-acre mangrove restoration ecosystem. Planting 35,000 saplings aims to improve biodiversity, water quality, and coastal protection. To guarantee the long-term health and resilience of these mangroves, the initiative focuses on sapling planting, upkeep, and community involvement. As a result, the local community will have more job opportunities, and small farmers will have access to a larger market. This initiative which covers North 24 Parganas district and South 24 Parganas district, along the banks of rivers Raimangal and Chota Kolagachia, focuses on sapling plantation in the first year, followed by two years of maintenance, to ensure the long-term sustainability of the mangrove restoration efforts. It is expected to positively impact both the environment and local communities, reaching over 5000 marginalized individuals i.e. 1000+ families, which include both direct and indirect beneficiaries. Apurva Bhandari, Founder of SankalpTaru Foundation, stated that Flipkart Foundation's kind support of their mangrove restoration programme has had a significant positive effect on the ecological health of West Bengal's Sundarbans, for which they are incredibly appreciative. Because of their dedication, they have been able to establish a flourishing green wall that offers priceless advantages like carbon sequestration, shoreline stabilisation, and protecting nearby communities from natural disasters, in addition to safeguarding the fragile ecosystem and biodiversity. This partnership is a prime example of how cooperation can be used to develop long-term solutions that will benefit the planet.


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