"“If there are no mangroves, then the sea will have no meaning. It's like a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea!”
— Mad-Ha Ranwasii, Thai fisherman and village headman, 1992.
I remember the first time we explored a Mangrove forest, in Pondicherry. We learnt about how these weird, wonderful looking creatures held the soil strongly, balancing a chaotic environment and a strange thrill hit me about how powerful nature can be.
Mumbai's mangroves, which form a natural buffer against a rising coastline are under threat, and it's more than developers at stake. Local fishing communities, jackals horned snails mudskippers and the rest of this forest of breathing roots have *everything* to lose."