CMFRI, ISRO ink MoU to protect smaller wetlandsDate: 13 April 2019 Tags: Space
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to map, validate and protect small wetlands by restoring them through coastal livelihood programmes. This is for first national instance of CMFRI is collaborating with the ISRO to develop a comprehensive climate resilient framework for fisheries and wetlands.
As per the MoU
- Both institutes will identify and demarcate wetlands, and restore the degraded wetlands through suitable livelihood options like coastal aquaculture.
- They will develop mobile app and centralised web portal with complete database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country
- The app will be used for real-time monitoring of the wetlands and giving advisories to stakeholders and coastal people.
- The National Wetland Atlas, already developed by ISRO’s Space Applications Centre (SAC) will be updated with real-time data of physical, chemical and biological parameters of the wetlands to be provided by the CMFRI
This collaboration is part of national framework for fisheries and wetlands recently developed by National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project of CMFRI. The NICRA project is aimed at finding ways and means to mitigate impact of climate change in marine fisheries and coastal region. The real-time data obtained through ISRO and CMFRI collaboration will greatly help developing conservation plan for degraded wetlands in the region besides utilising these resources for livelihood prospects such as shrimp and crab farming.