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Godrej & Boyce continues to safeguard the future by protecting the Nation’s biodiversity

~The Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research discovers endemic plant species after 185 years
~The UNDP recommends Godrej Mangroves’ Case study to be added to the esteemed publication 'Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures.
#UrbanLungs

Godrej & Boyce has been contributing towards biodiversity conservation for decades; be it for mangroves located in the North eastern part of Mumbai or research on endemic plant species found in the Western Ghats by the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research (NGCPR)

In the last 14 months, NGCPR has discovered 2 new species and renamed one new hybrid species. One of the two new species has been discovered after 185 years and has been named as Alfred’s Commelina, after the collector Alfred Prentice Young. It was discovered by Dr. Mayur D. Nandikar, Scientist - Botany Plant Taxonomy from NGCPR. NGCPR has been actively conserving over 100 endemic plant species at their conservation centre in Shirwal, Maharashtra and have preserved more than 5,000 species in their herbarium. The organisation received a grant from the IAPT – an international organisation for the conservation of plant specimens, making NGCPR the first recipient in India to receive this prestigious grant.

On the occasion of 'International Day for Biological Diversity 2021', United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment, Forests & CC (MoEF&CC) are publishing 'Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures' (OECM) compendium. It is of the highest prestige to have the Godrej Mangroves conservation case study added to this esteemed publication. This recommendation for Godrej’s inclusion came from the UNDP based on the India Biodiversity Award that they won in 2018. Today's OECM portal and Compendium will be published by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honorable Minister, MoEF&CC. Since 1940’s, Godrej & Boyce has been conserving the mangroves in Vikhroli which play host to over 1600 different species of plants, animals, birds and insects and are Mumbai’s #UrbanLungs.

A study conducted by a team of scientists at Godrej & Boyce to understand the impact of the mangroves on the local environment estimated that the Godrej mangroves at Vikhroli has stored over ten lakh tonnes of carbon since its existence. The mangroves play an instrumental role in reducing the pollution levels in the city of Mumbai and purifying the air. With this as the backdrop, the Company has committed to protect the coastal areas and terrestrial areas in Vikhroli, Mumbai.

As part of its efforts to create long-term awareness about the significance of mangroves on local ecologies, Godrej & Boyce has undertaken several initiatives:
· Collaborated with WWF India and launched an awareness campaign across 8 Indian states.
· Launched a first-of-its-kind Mangroves mobile application in 11 languages which is a repository of knowledge on the biodiverse ecology supported by the mangroves.
· Published a unique story book ‘Many Secrets of Mangroves’ in English and Marathi with renowned Children’s author Katie Bagli, in order to sensitize children on the importance of the environment.
· Created a website www.mangroves.godrej.com on the vast cover of this coastal forest to educate children, environment enthusiasts and people at large on the importance of mangroves. The website is also the only resource of its kind to also be available in Marathi.

Notes to Editors:

About NGCPR

The Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research is recognized by The Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Government of India, to conduct need-based research in Biodiversity & Plant conservation, with particular emphasis on nurturing and propagating unique plant life of the Western Ghats and Medicinal plants that are of national interest. The objective of the centre is to carry out purposeful research in the areas of Plant biodiversity & conservation especially in relation to endemic plants.

About Godrej Mangroves:

The Godrej mangroves at Vikhroli extend their silent ecosystem services much beyond their boundaries to the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region. A two-year research study revealed that the standing stock, with its biomass and sediments, holds over ten lakh tonnes equivalent of carbon dioxide - a key greenhouse gas responsible for global warming and climate change. Additionally, around 60,000 equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide is sequestered every year. Studies show that mangroves, wetlands and intact ecosystems are more effective at mitigating climate disasters. Besides land stabilization and preventing floods, and enabling biodiversity to thrive, the mangrove ecosystem plays a vital role in natural cycles and nutrient recycling thereby maintaining the environmental balance.

About Godrej & Boyce
Godrej & Boyce (‘G&B’), a Godrej Group company, was founded in 1897, and has contributed to India’s journey of self-reliance through manufacturing. G&B patented the world’s first springless lock and since then, has diversified into 14 businesses across various sectors from Security, Furniture, and Aerospace to Infrastructure and Defence. Godrej is one of India’s most trusted brands serving over 1.1bn customers worldwide daily.

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