Mission Mangroves

In 2015, United Way Mumbai (UWM) launched the Mission Mangroves campaign, with the aim to restore Mumbai's depleted mangrove cover, which serves as a protective shield from natural disasters like floods, cyclones, tsunamis, etc. We collaborated with NGO, Vanashakti and the Mangrove Cell of the State Forest Department and have, to date, planted around 11,000 mangroves in various patches of degraded wetlands, mainly near Bhandup Pumping Station and Airoli. The mangroves were planted over many plantation drives, with the help of over 1000 volunteers comprising corporate employees, college and school students and citizens. 

The programme has thrown up quite a few unprecedented challenges, brought about by unpredictable weather conditions and difficult to prevent, harmful human interventions, which contributed to degradation of the wetlands. The challenges motivated us to implement some corrective measures, after consultation with our partners, Vanashakti and the officials of Mangrove Cell, including the decision to focus on generating awareness among the citizens of Mumbai. To this end, we have developed a customized educational session on mangroves and have successfully conducted 32 educational sessions, educating over 1600 individuals, including school students, college youth, citizens and government officials.

We will now cease conducting scattered plantations in multiple patches of wetland. We have submitted a proposal to the Mangrove Cell wherein we aim to adopt 20 hectares of wetland for plantation of mangroves. 

We at UWM are committed towards the protection and conservation of Mumbai's mangrove cover. To support us in our endeavour, you can:

Sponsor a classroom session: INR 5500/- for 50 children
Sponsor a mangrove interpretation trail: INR 5000/- for 50 children / youth / volunteers

Watch our Mangrove Conservation video:
(You can watch the Hindi version of this video here)

Support Mangroves Plantation

Join us in rejuvenating Mumbai's mangrove cover

United Way Mumbai invites individuals, companies, schools and colleges to be a part of Mission Mangroves. You can support mangrove plantations, volunteer your time or become an advocate for our cause. To know more, click here.

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World Earth Day Commemoration

The recently unveiled, state-of-the-art Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre (CMBC), in Airoli boasts many interactive exhibits, which showcase the diversity of life present in coastal and marine areas and explain the role these ecosystems play, in the environment. The aim of the centre is to help visitors. understand the importance of biodiversity and preservation of coastal and marine environments.

United Way Mumbai was invited to conduct the World Earth Day Mangroves Awareness sessions in the CMBC before the centre was unveiled to the public. The awareness session was accompanied by a mangrove sapling making session, in which 500 saplings were made by the students of N.M.M.C School, Airoli to commemorate World Earth day and highlight the importance of the mangrove habitat.

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Support Mangroves Plantation

World Earth Day Commemoration