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Coastal Care Interventions Soon

Bhubaneswar: In order to treat Coastal landscape various interventions will be rolled out during current year, said Susanta Nanda, Project Director ICZMS.

Mr.Nanda briefed the Steering Committee of Integrated Coastal Management Society ( ICZMS) Meet held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.

Mr.Nanda appraised that the interventions would be rolled out from current year and would be completed by 2026-27. An amount of Rs.261.50 cr would be invested.

The main coastal landscapes to be treated under the project would include the areas like Talsari in Balasore district, Bhitarkanika in Kendrapara district, Bahuda and Chilika is Ganjam district, and Devi Mouth, Chilika in Puri district.

Around 3,75,321 hectors of coastal area spreading over 339 Gram Panchayats and five forest divisions would be included in it.

 The project would contribute towards the ongoing efforts of the State Government in addressing the impacts of the climatic hazards and disasters on the vulnerable coastal communities through popularization of the climate adaptive livelihood activities.

 The community based organizations, NGOs, eco-clubs, women self help groups and local village communities would be involved the planning, execution and carrying forward of the intervention.

Additional Chief Secretary Forest Environment and Climate Change Satyabrata Sahu graced the meet.

Considering different contours of the plan, Chief Secretary Mr. Mahapatra directed to focus on regeneration of coastal eco-system, and promotion of climate resilient sustainable livelihood in the coastal communities.

He directed to prepare the annual action plan in consultation with the respective communities.

Mr.Mahapatra also directed to prioritize the villages that generally face climate induced calamities over the years. It was also decided to density mangrove forest and sea grass for enriching costal eco-system and reducing the impact of tidal surge and storm.

Mr.Mahapatra asked to explore all possible places for development of eco-tourism with boating and wild life watching facilities. It was decided to prepare the livelihood plan as per need of the people and potential the concerned areas.