The mangrove belts of Sundarbans expand from India till Bangladesh. Here, the border between land and water hazes away. It is a place where the ocean and rivers embrace each other and give aquatic life forms a perfect spot to thrive and create young ones. Terrestrial forms like the Royal Bengal Tiger have ample area to lead their solitary life, hunt, hide and stay away from the curious and sometimes irritating two legged humans. But human are rapidly encroaching this ideal habitat. Coasts are receding, mangroves are vanishing. So much so that experts say, the Sundarbans forests may soon become a thing of the past.
In most Indian families the daily meal seems incomplete without a bowl of rice. But while most are satisfied with their basmati and doobar, there is one man whose quest is to trace and preserve the paddy that is not commonly eaten or seen. Debal Deb has been for more than 15 years saving the most uncommon of the common rice.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park situated at the foothills of the Mehrangarh Fort in the city of Jodhpur is a classic example of how good intentions and hard work always reap rewards. A team of ecologist have restored the natural growing plants of the region and given this desert land a green cover like never before. Visitors keen to see the magnanimous Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur now have a new destination to cover that’s an ancient treasure too – promising a future to the long lost and forgotten plant species of the desert.
The Bombay High Court made a monumental decision in 2005 that led to the strict protection of the mangrove forests lining the city coasts. The decision came after the tragic Tsunami that struck the eastern Indian coasts and when it was found that the areas which had mangrove forests were saved from the disastrous high waves. These areas also recovered faster after the aftermath. Worldwide mangroves are fast depleting but because of the conservation order, Mumbai and its neighboring areas now boast of more than 5,800 hectares of mangrove land which is protected and will protect the city in future.
North east India is a treasure trove of plant species. The region has been ranked as the sixth of the 25 mega diversity hotspot regions of the world. But sadly indiscriminate use of medicinal plants from the region is destroying the biodiversity and leaving little hope for the plants existence in future.