Ecotourism camp opened at Mangalajodi

Mangalajodi, September 27, 2017: The Mangalajodi Ecotourism
Project has opened their camp on Wednesday marking the International Tourism
Day. Former DGP and State convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and
Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Amiya Bhusan Tripathy opened the camp.
Over the last seven years, Mangalajodi has now carved a place
in world tourism map because of unique conservation method adopted by the
villagers which has resulted in the highest congregation of migratory birds in
the   Chilika Lake.
Speaking on the occasion, Tripathy said that tourism, and
particularly eco-tourism, has great potential in boosting the local economy and
creating jobs. The delicate ecosystem of the Chilika Lake, a world Ramsar Site,
can be developed into a major tourist destination for both the domestic and
foreign tourists.
He has promised that INTACH would conduct awareness and
sensitizing programmes for the local stakeholders and agencies working in the
Anil Dhir said that the Mangalajodi experiment should be a
role model for other community-based conservation programmes. The manner in
which they have motivated and engaged the local poachers to give up the killing
of birds and transformed them into guardians is a commendable job.
The Project has inculcated a sense of professionalism in the
stakeholders, and created a lot of awareness in the management of the
environment and protection of the migratory birds. The setting up and running
of the Ecotourism Camp is a success story Mangalajodi has carved a place in the
world tourism map, it has been rechristened as a “Birds Paradise” and has
become the prime spot for birders and bird photographers.
Sanjiv Sarangi of the Indian Grameen Services said that the
villagers of the place have worked hard and with motivation to transform the
poachers’ village into a world class tourist place.
The project is a good example of community leadership and
team building. The transformation of this sleepy lakeside village into a
tourist spot which has become the choice destination of bird and nature lovers
from all over the world speaks of the success. 
The manner in which the villagers have adopted eco-friendly living
conditions in their camp and the plastic free environment and all round
hygiene, are an example of community involvement. He lauded the efforts of the
stakeholders and said that there had been consistent and considerable growth in
the visitors every year.
The opening was attended by many of the locals. The first
guests were welcomed to the Camp. Incidentally, the migratory birds have
already started arriving at the lake.

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