Visit of US Ambassador in Mangrove Restoration Programme
On 26th January, 2010 Timothy Roemer, US Ambassador and Beth Payne, US Consul General in Kolkata, visited village Mathurakhand in Bali Island, one of the villages where NEWS is generating mangrove nurseries through local community participation. The Ambassador and Consul General were delighted to see the work done by the villagers and NEWS and assured further wholehearted support.
Nature Environment & Wild Life Society (NEWS), an organization engaged in conservation of ecology and wild life, has taken a project to plant 1000 hectares of mangroves in the first year and 5000 hectares subsequently in mudflats as well as along the embankement. The project is funded by Danone Foundation, based in Paris, which is also a partner of IUCN and Ramser Convention.
The mudflats, embankment and the species were identified by the IUCN mangrove expert, Jack Ruitenbeek. The entire work is monitored from time to time by the mangrove expert appointed by the funding agency, Dr Anjali Bahuguna of Ahmedabad.