Building resilience of the coastal communities of Bhitarakanika, Odisha through increased livelihood security

The project area is along the coastal belts around mangrove ecosystem of Bhitarakanika National Park which is frequently exposed to storms and cyclones. Threats of saline inundation has added to the woes of the coastal communities who mainly rely on monsoon dependent mono cropping agriculture namely paddy. Although the area receives adequate rainfall, but absence of low-water use agricultural technology along with inadequate and unscientific use of water harvesting structures have made the area dry and unproductive after monsoon. The existing water bodies are also not sustainably managed for fish production, on the contrary unscientific aquaculture especially shrimp farms are allowing saline intrusion inside the agricultural lands. Further the area has been declared Eco-Sensitive Zone in 2015.The remoteness, poor connectivity has further aggravated the situation.

Funded By: Mangroves for Future (Small grants facility)
Project Duration: 1 year

1) Existing livelihoods of coastal communities around Bhitarakanika strengthened through integration of climate-smart adaptations.

2) Strengthening the governance and management in the Bhitarakanika Eco sensitive zone

1) The project is initiated on July 2016 at Dangamal, Trilochanpur, Kamalpur and Badadiya villages under Dangamal Gram Panchayatof Bhitarakanika Wildlife Sanctuary.

2) A field personnel is appointed and farmers meetings are held to explain the project and understand their willingness .

3) Local resources are being mapped along with commencement of beneficiary selection process.

4) Thirty one farmers have already been handholded and trained for demonstration plots, vermicompost, organic pesticide, liquid compost and Kitchen Garden in agriculture.

5) Local stakeholders including Gram Panchayat, Eco Development Committee of Bhitarakanika National Park, Block Agricultural Department have been being integrated into the project implementation .

6) A local office of NEWS was opened recently at Badadiya village under Dangamal Gram Panchayat.