The Kerala government has put in place a plan of action to use coir geo-textiles to protect and conserve streams and ponds, particularly in the Kuttanad region of south Kerala, which has large water bodies.

What are Coir geo-textiles?
Coir geo-textiles refer to loosely woven coir mats that can be used to strengthen the walls of rainwater harvesting pits and banks of ponds and streams.

The government's plan is to use coir geo-textiles on a large scale as part of its green mission, titled 'Haritha Keralam' (Green Kerala).

Ponds have already been rejuvenated at several places by strengthening the banks with concrete walls.

How will this work?
Replacing the concrete and rubble with geo-textiles would facilitate growth of grass on the banks, resulting in a natural strengthening process, which would be environment friendly, providing a long-lasting solution to the problem of soil erosion.

(Adapted from The Hindu)