Apple details efforts to conserve mangroves in India ahead of World Earth Day

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Apple has awarded the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) a grant to help protect India’s coastal mangrove population in the fight against climate change.

Just 100 kilometers south of Mumbai, India, Alibaug is located in India’s Raigad district. This small coastal town has a modest population of just over 20,000 people, dirt roads, palm trees and open-air markets.

However, it also has something else: 21,000 hectares of mangrove forests, notable for their ability to protect against climate change. Mangrove roots help build strong soils that can act as physical barriers against rising tides, monsoons, hurricanes, and even tsunamis. In addition, the trees themselves are carbon sinks that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.

The mangroves, while important, are also threatened by legal farming, fishing and logging. That’s why Apple awarded a grant to AERF in hopes of protecting such a precious resource.

The partnership aims to create “alternative, sustainable industries” that foster a symbiotic relationship between the local communities and the mangroves. The current agreements will support village members in exchange for allowing the AERF to preserve the ecosystem.

“The fight against climate change is a battle for the communities around the world whose lives and livelihoods are most threatened by the crisis, and that’s what we’ve focused our work on,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple vice president of the environment. partnership in India continues this momentum.”

“With our work and awareness of the importance of mangroves,” explains Archana Godbole, director of the AERF, “and the opportunities to create sustainable income-generating activities, we have given hope to the coastal communities in Raigad.”

“Partnering with Apple and Conservation International is a great opportunity to discover how mangrove conservation and community benefits can go hand in hand,” she says.

The feature on Apple’s Newsroom page continues to profile villagers living in the Alibaug region and explains how AERF draws on the villagers’ knowledge and experience to help protect the mangroves.

Last year, Apple focused on education for Earth Day 2021. The company offered eco-friendly content through its various platforms that it hopes will serve as a catalyst for change and educate users about climate issues and other important issues.

In 2019, Apple partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispata Bay, Colombia. The pilot program is designed as a model for scaling up carbon sequestration in global mangrove ecosystems, reducing emissions caused by deforestation.

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