Central Care For Bhitarkanika

Bhitarkanika Mangroves, a unique habitat of Mangrove Forests has been chosen for strengthening its system through Institutional Framework and Capacity Protection by the Government of India.

Bhitarkanika, one of the Ramsar Sites has been identified for development, informed the Ministry of Environment, Forest, Environment and Climate Change (MoFE&CC).

Union Government has joined hands with GIZ, an International Organization for wetland development has come forward to extend such support to the Bhitarkanika National Park.

Bhitarkanika National Park is a prime habitat of salt water crocodile, marine turtle, leopard cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted dear, sambar, dolphin kingfisher, sea gull, and home to large varieties of migratory birds.

MoEF&CC in partnership with GIZ has developed a Technical Cooperation Project “Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection” will be strengthening Bhitarkanika Mangroves.

Chilika Development Authority (CDA) will serve as the Resources Centre for such a development.

CDA headed by senior IFS Officer, Susanta Nanda is spearheading activities for protection and improvement of Ramsar Site-Chilika in a big way.

And looking at the professional approach adopted by CDA, the Organization has been chosen as Resources Centre for strengthening the institutional framework and capacities for the Eco-System based Integrated Management.

Bhitarkanika Mangroves along with two other Ramsar Sites have been chosen for such a project.

Those are Pong Dam and Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh and Point Calimere in Tamil Nadu.

There will be three major outputs in this project, said Manju Pandey, Joint Secretary MoEF&CC.

Integrate Management Plan for Bhitarkanika will be developed based on biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change risks.

Secondly, Capacity Development of Bhitarkanika and its Stake holders will be taken up for Integrated Wetland Management.

Thirdly, Wetland Monitoring system for Bhitarkanika will be introduced and tracking management effectiveness will be taken up, said official sources.

This project is supported under International Climate Initiative of Genrman Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Accordingly an MoU has been signed between MoEF&CC and GIZ, an International Organization based at Bonn.
While in Odisha, CDA has been chosen as Site Level Management Institution, which is a through professional organization, in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, respective Wetland Authorities have been roped in for the purpose, officials say.
The State Government will nominate a Nodal Officer for this purpose and he will be coordinating further actions, while implementing the project, said sources.
Department of Forest and Environment will coordinate the entire project and ACS Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra along with Director Environment, K Murugesan will be finalizing the Action Plan in coordination with GIZ and WISA as well as CDA for Project Implementation, sources said.

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