SAIME Initiative

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    Context

    • A new initiative of sustainable shrimp cultivation provides hope for mangrove restoration in Sundarbans.

    About

    • SAIME is a community-based pilot project in West Bengal under which farmers are planting mangrove trees around shrimp ponds.
    • The initiative — started in 2019 — has established a collaborative ecosystem integrating several key stakeholders from government departments, academia, and research institutes for co-creation and comprehensive advancement of this project.
      • It is conceived by NEWS and Global Nature Fund (GNF), Naturland Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS).
    • Experts have expressed concerns over unsustainable aquaculture, particularly shrimp collection, after cleaning large tracts of mangrove forests in Sunderbans.

    Source: TH