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AMMACHI Labs Secures UNESCO Contract for Dugong Conservation in Gulf of Mannar

June 13th, 2024: In a significant development for marine conservation, AMMACHI Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been awarded a prestigious contract by UNESCO. The project, titled “Harmonising Livelihoods for Dugong Conservation in the Indian Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve,” aims to protect the endangered dugongs while supporting local communities.

Dugongs, also known as sea cows, are unique marine mammals that play a vital role in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems. As the only exclusively vegetarian marine mammal, their conservation is crucial for preserving biodiversity and ensuring the stability of marine habitats.

This initiative, guided by the UNESCO Regional Office in New Delhi, seeks to align the livelihoods of local communities with conservation efforts. By fostering sustainable development, the project aims to create a harmonious balance between human activity and environmental preservation.

“We are honored to contribute to this important cause,” said a representative from AMMACHI Labs. “This project represents a significant step towards sustainable development and environmental preservation. We look forward to making a positive impact on the community and the environment.”

The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, known for its rich marine biodiversity, will benefit greatly from this initiative, ensuring that both the dugongs and the local communities can thrive together.