Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust

  • Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust is community owned and managed venture on banks of Chilika Lake in Odisha.
  • It has won prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Award for Innovation in Tourism Enterpris.
  • The villagers of Mangalajodi were once associated with poaching of birds near Chilika Lake but now they stand as true defenders of wildlife in the region.
  • The change was mainly due to a coordinated effort in implementing an awareness campaign on importance of preserving natural species and benefits associated with wildlife tourism.
  • The change has soared numbers of birds from 2000 (during peak unsustainable hunting) to over three lakh in the region.
  • Moreover other visible impacts this change has resulted in increasing revenue through ecotourism, sharp fall in poaching incidents and increasing support of villagers.
Note: This can be used as a case study for community based conservation efforts.

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