German Agency for the Protection of Mangrove Species in Odysseus Battarnica

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, protects biodiversity and provides livelihoods to villagers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak around the national park.

The German government agency, Deutsche Gesselshaft for International Zusamenarbit (GIS), is guarding the Odysse Bitarcannica National Park, India’s second largest mangrove forest and biodiversity.

The agency is providing living standards to villagers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the green-biodiversity rehabilitation program of the Indo-German Biodiversity Program, the park’s forest authority (DFO) said.

Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to Germany

India’s unemployment rate has risen to 27 percent in recent months. More than 40 million migrant workers were among the worst affected.

Unemployment and lack of income have forced them to return to their villages around Bitrancanica, where labor profits have been created. With declining job opportunities, it has plunged large numbers of previously stressed natural resources – forests, wetlands, and rivers. As a result, both agricultural and natural resource-based production systems are vulnerable to climate change.

Green recovery measures provide job opportunities to communities around the project sites in a short period of time, building long-term resilience through healthy wetlands ecosystems, says Forest Officer.

The main objectives of the project are the implementation of livelihood protection and rehabilitation activities, as well as training community members in alternative sustainable lifestyles. The project is supported by the German Federal Environment, Environmental and Nuclear Safety (BMU) International Climate Initiative (ICE).

Ecological sustainability measures: such as mangrove rehabilitation, sustainable fisheries, handicrafts and scientific-led horticulture – are practiced in Bitharcanica. The project will provide skills and capacity building training to local communities in alternative and sustainable livelihoods.

This includes training in pond management, kindergarten, sustainable fishing, fruit and vegetable development, skills development for artists and eco-tourism guidelines with the support of local organizations, Panchayat organs and self-help groups, the official said.

“Green recovery measures will create jobs in the short term, including fish production, clean water supply and food security. In the long run, it will improve storm protection, reduce soil erosion, improve biodiversity and increase productivity, leading to improved food security and income, ”said the forest official.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is a cabinet-level ministry working to promote international cooperation and partnership in Germany and other countries.

BMZ currently supports research on forestry and the global bio economy, as well as facilitates migration and financial transfers to improve forest management.

It is funded by BMU to conduct the International Forest Research Center (CIFO), a non-profit scientific research organization, as well as climate research and multidisciplinary management.

Both BMZ and BMU are among CIFOR’s top earners.

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