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Climate change has resulted in substantial reduction of coral cover: WWF

It said the connectivity of India's freshwater, coastal, offshore and marine systems must be taken into account when conserving such (corals) habitats and the management regimes must reflect this.

March 04, 2018 / 02:20 PM IST

Climate change has resulted in "substantial" reduction of the country's coral cover and growth in the last two decades, according to conservation group WWF India which has stressed the need for formulating a "holistic" approach for their protection.

It said the connectivity of India's freshwater, coastal, offshore and marine systems must be taken into account when conserving such (corals) habitats and the management regimes must reflect this.

Coral diversity and formation of reefs are centred around four major regions - the Gulf of Kutchh and the Lakshadweep atolls on the west to the Gulf of Mannar and the Andaman and Nicobar islands on the East.

Besides these hotspots, patchy reefs are present in other coastal regions, from the coast of Goa and parts of the Malvan marine national park to the Kanyakumari district in southern Tamil Nadu.