Date: 14 Sep 2013

Mangrove Management and Cyclone Risk Reduction in Kachchh, Gujarat

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Abstract

This chapter maps the role of mangrove ecosystem in protecting the coast with the increasing threats from extreme events and also identifies the threats to mangroves from anthropogenic activities along the coast of Kachchh in Gujarat, which is found to be highly vulnerable to cyclones and storm surges. The analysis is based on an earlier empirical study of 176 households covering nine villages along the Kachchh coast and draws cases from other studies too. The empirical study shows that the coastal communities are mostly aware of the protection afforded by mangroves during the cyclones and the multiple benefits of mangrove restoration. However, based on their socio-economic conditions and livelihood structure, the communities have varied perception of the benefits from mangroves leading to differences in the outlook towards conservation of these natural resources.