Apollo Tyres Limited in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature and Wildlife Trust of India successfully organized a National conclave on Mangrove Conservation on December 12th 2017 in Kochi. The conclave served as a platform for representatives from businesses, academia and policy makers to share dialogues on the significance of biodiversity conservation and channelizing positive action.
Mangroves are one of the most important dynamic ecosystems of the planet. Globally they provide functions and services worth USD$186 million each year. Studies suggest that globally more than 35% of the mangroves are already gone and more than six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of getting extinct.
The event was organized to highlight the need of conserving the mangroves and to bring different stakeholders, including the corporates and the government, to forefront. The event was attended by chief conservator of forest (CCF Social Forestry) Kerala and business representatives from Tata Chemicals, Cochin Shipyard as well as some other corporates from Kerala. During the event WTI and Apollo showcased the learning from their collaborative ‘Conservation Programme on Mangroves’ in Kunnur district of Kerala. To add on this, IUCN also shared about the importance of mangroves as an ecosystem and several learning those came out from its flagship programme– Mangroves for the Future (MFF). Ms Archana shared on different models on coastal conservation and livelihood enhancement, built upon the learning from Mangrove for Future program.
The day long programme involved discussions among the panelists on role of businesses in biodiversity conservation and how to incorporate the concept of biodiversity in CSR policies of the businesses. It was discussed that this kind of a dialogue among different stakeholders need to be taken up in different parts of country with different businesses so that a concrete strategy for biodiversity conservation could be created at national level, wherein businesses too could play a critical role.