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Management Planning Framework of Chilika released by Chief Minister, Government of Odisha


Mr. Naveen Patnaik released the management planning framework for Lake Chilika in a special event held on October 20, 2012 at Bhubaneswar in the presence of Mr. Anada Tiega, Secretary General Ramsar Convention; Mr.BijayshriRoutray (Minister, Environment, Government of Odisha), Mr.R.K.Sharma (Principal Secretary, Forests and Environment, Government of Odisha) and several dignitaries, experts and media.

The management planning framework was developed by Wetlands International – South Asia in partnership with Chilika Development Authority as an overarching framework to guide strategies and actions for conservation and wise use of Chilika. The document builds on a comprehensive analysis of ecological, hydrological, socio-economic and institutional features of the wetland system used to describe the ecological character of the site and identify threats that need to be addressed through management. Financial support for formulation of the framework was provided by Ramsar Convention Secretariat and International Development Research Center.

The framework document includes an extensive database on all wetland features and a set of 34 maps which have been used to present the information spatially. It provides a very useful reference framework for guiding interventions for maintaining the rich biodiversity and ecosystem services of Lake Chilika.



Chief Minister, Government of Odisha (fourth from right) releasing the Management Planning Framework of Lake Chilika










Dr. Ritesh Kumar (Wetlands International South Asia) presents the plan to the stakeholders at the workshop