Ahmadabad, India: Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) in India decided to use satellite imagery to verify whether companies along coastline have indeed planted mangroves to compensate for those destroyed.
The decision was taken during a board meeting of the GCZMA, the key body charged with checking illegal and environmentally harmful development on the coasts. An official document related to that meeting, noted: “Some members that the mangrove plantation carried out by various industrial units through Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) needed to be verified in detail.”
The GCZMA deliberated the issue at length and decided that the GEC be asked for details of mangrove plantations carried out, names of the company, areas of land selected for mangrove plantation and their exact location along with GPS co-ordinates through satellite images.
The GCZMA noted that “the company had retained Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environment Education as the external agency for monitoring and supervision of its mangrove plantation. After deliberation, it was decided to get the same verified through Conservator of Forests, Kutch”.
Source: Indian Express