Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of CUSAT, Prof. (Dr.) J. Letha released the book ‘Manual on Mangroves’ authored (edited) by Dr. S. Bijoy Nandan and co-authored by Sreelekshmi S., Preethy C.M., Rani Varghese and Philomina Joseph on 10th Dec 2015 at 2.30 pm in the School of Marine Sciences Auditorium, CUSAT. Vice chancellor appreciated the hard work and efforts of the authors in bringing out this book. She also spoke about the importance of publications, only through which the research outcomes are made available to the society. The book was received by Prof. (Dr.) K. Poulose Jacob, Pro Vice Chancellor, CUSAT in the presence of the Chief Guest Hon’ble Justice K. Sukumaran. Dr. Kurian Sajan, Director, School of Marine Sciences, CUSAT presided over the function. Hon’ble Justice K. Sukumaran shared his experience in planting mangrove plants along the coastal areas in his younger days. He spoke of the importance of mangroves in protecting the coastline. He also valued the diligence of researchers and demanded the young minds to bring out more and more such publications. Vanamithra award 2014 winner and environmentalist Mr. Mathew Puthussery, Dr. S. Anilkumar and Dr. A.N. Balchand, Dean, School of Marine Scienses, CUSAT felicitated the function. Dr. Anilkumar, Director, Directorate of Public relations and Publications, CUSAT noted that ‘Manual on Mangroves’ was unique and outstanding publication on its style and layout and was the best among the published books from CUSAT. Mathew Puthussery a true environmentalist and had his familiarity with mangrove a long time back. He shared his understandings with mangrove community and also requested the authors to bring out the malayalam edition of the book so that the common people can also benefit with it.

Mangrove ecosystems are the most threatened and vulnerable ecosystems of the world today. These ecosystems are rich biosphere reserves of germplasm and provide a wide range of ecological services to coastal communities. Recently these ecosystems are facing large scale destruction. But for a decade there has been no scientific published data available on the mangrove cover and its extend of destruction. At that juncture a project on mangroves was sanctioned by the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Govt. of Kerala.  The project was mainly to study the Cochin mangroves but with limited resources the entire Kerala mangroves were surveyed extending from Manjeshwaram to Velli, Thiruvanandapuram.

The foreword of the book was written by the world famous Environmentalist Dr. Madav Gadgil. The book also has the valuable comments of Dr. P.K. Abdul Azis, Former Vice Chancellor, CUSAT and Aligarh Muslim University and Dr. Sam Bentley, Director, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana. The first two chapters of the book provide information on the mangroves, its ecological and economic importance and their global distribution pattern.  The third chapter clearly depicts the various mangrove species of Kerala and their zonation pattern with scientific diagrams. The fourth chapter provides the identification key along with taxonomic diagrams for the identification of mangroves at species level. It also depicts the threats challenged by these ecosystems and various restoration measures for the recovery of the existing damaged habitats.

Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of CUSAT, Prof. (Dr.) J. Letha released the book ‘Manual on Mangroves’

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