The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) India has partnered with Ericsson to launch ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem-Based Climate Change Adaptation’ project in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The project aims at improving the resilience of coastal communities that are vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards by creating an ecosystem-based, community-centred, and technology-based approach for adaptation.

The Saurashtra coast of Gujarat is at risk of facing natural hazards like cyclones, storm surges, coastal erosion etc, due to climate change. This project introduces initiatives to plant over 100,000 mangroves along with other plant species in the coastal villages around Porbandar. It also has plans for planting 20,000 fruit-bearing trees across 10 villages in hopes of providing alternate income opportunities for more than 2000 local families. Ericsson claims that its technology will also enable the use of geo-tagging services with sensors and peripheral devices in order to invigilate the growth conditions of the mangroves and take decisions for its optimisation.