New initiative: "Odisha Mangrove Action Network"

New initiative: "Odisha Mangrove Action Network"

This post deals with the recommendations and outcomes of the recent workshop on "Mangrove Forest Ecology, Management and Restoration" held at Rajanagar (boundary of Bhitrakanika National park) on 26th-27th November 2008, organized by Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA) and sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forets, Govt of India. The workshop was attended by 101 participants from the community representatives, teachers and lecturers of coastal schools and colleges, NGOs, CBOs, PRIs, Govt authority, Scientists, researchers, media etc. dsc00308.JPG Witnessing firsthand the rapid devastation of the Orissa's mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems, the participants, resource persons were recommended to form a network to save the mangroves.

Before it and in recent years, APOWA has alone focused the mangrove resources through its approach to long-term mangrove conservation involves education, collaboration, conservation and restoration, and sustainable community-based development. We at APOWA believe that, conserving and restoring mangroves is a win-win solution if we will working together for a common mission.

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ODISHA MANGROVE ACTION NETWORK (Odi-MAN) is a brand new movement and outcome of the Workshop that unifies community leaders, scientists, environmentalists, researchers, PRI members, teachers and students of coastal schools and colleges, NGOs, CBOs and other groups to facilitate mangrove repair, preservation and sustainability in Orissa coast. Odi-MAN was created for the mission of restoring and protecting the mangroves specifically and coastal biodiversity generally that outdoor enthusiast love to play in. dsc00299.JPG Odi-MAN's approach is to long-term mangrove conservation involves education, advocacy, conservation and restoration, and sustainable livelihood development. Odisha Mangrove Action Network (Odi-MAN) needs your help for achieving its goals. We look forward to your suggestions for Odi-MAN. Access here: Mangrove Workshop - Outcome

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