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Odisha: Conservation of mangroves in Bhitarkanika to generate employment for locals by Ashadeep Mohanty October 06,2021   |  Source: Sambad English

In the fight against climate change, German-based Government agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has come forward to conserve the mangroves and biodiversity of Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park, the second-largest mangrove forest in the country. The agency will also provide livelihood support to COVID-19 pandemic affected villagers around the national park under Indo-German Biodiversity Programme Green Recovery measures, said an official. Ambassador to the German agency Walter J Lindner had visited the tourist site recently. Worth mentioning, the country’s unemployment rate surged to 27 per cent during lockdown. Loss of job and income owing to the nation-wide lockdown forced several migrant workers to return to their villages around Bhitarkanika. With decline in job opportunities, a large number of people started depending on extraction of already stressed natural resources like forests, wetlands and rivers. This has made agriculture and other natural resources-based production systems more vulnerable to climate change.

The project, supported by International Climate Initiative (IKI) of German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), aims at supporting implementation of livelihood-oriented

 

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