Mangroves: A Natural Ecosystem of Cultural and Religious Convergence

  • Abhijit Mitra


Determining the cultural values of mangroves is important; for the local community and primary stakeholders these values represent an important facet of their lives, livelihood, and cultural identity. Recognition of these benefits and their inclusion in data collection is important for generating community investment in conservation actions and identifying the true cost of the decisions being made. In many mangrove belts the trees are worshipped as sacred groves. In some areas, Gods/Goddesses are worshipped as protector of the ecosystem. However, no valuation has yet been carried out on the cultural services offered by this unique vegetation at the land-sea interface, which has been brain stormed in this chapter through stake holder’s analysis.


Cultural values of mangroves Sacred groves Gods/Goddesses Protector of the ecosystem Stake holder’s analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abhijit Mitra
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  1. 1.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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