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AP Forest celebrates Mada Mangrove Day

Mr. N. Prateep Kumar IFS PCCF (HoFF) Department of Forests, Andhra Pradesh  said when 33% of the land is forested, the species will have enough air, water to drink, and the soil to grow crops properly.

He was the chief guest at a poster release function on the occasion of  Mada Mangrove Day at the Forest Department headquarters. He said there was a need to increase the acreage of forest lands in our country. With deforestation, rainfall will decrease and groundwater will dry up.

Destruction of mangrove forests in coastal areas is said to cause immense damage with disasters like sunami. Deforestation could lead to the loss of valuable medicinal plants and species. Forest products such as fruits, herbs, honey, saffron and gum are said to be declining.

Forests are declining and rainwater is not flowing into rivers, resulting in declining hydropower generation. He said there was a need to use resources sparingly to address these issues.

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He said global warming was an immediate threat to us, citing greenhouse gases, population explosions and deforestation.

Global warming will melt the ice at the poles, causing sea levels to rise up to six feet and submerging inland coastal areas.

The seawater in the rivers will turn into salt water piles, causing changes in the climate and premature rains. The result is an outbreak of parasites, mosquitoes and the spread of infections such as malaria, diarrhoea and dengue.

He called for better planting of social parks and trees to get out of such catastrophic situations. The event was attended by Rahul Pandey, Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Division, C. Selvam and others

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