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Conservation benefit: Planting 40,000 mangroves in a three-kilometer belt (totaling three acres), and improved village sanitation

Community benefit: Mangrove seeds and 170 toilets

Date Approved: 01.2006


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest brackish lagoon. The lake has a rich fishery and is the largest wintering ground for migratory waterfowl on the subcontinent, making it a favored destination for many birdwatchers. It is home to many rare and endangered species, including the Irrawaddy dolphin, green sea turtle, spoon-billed sandpiper, fishing cat, and limbless skink.

The Kyabart community on the 766-acre island of Mainsh has no electricity, and its inhabitants subsist by fishing collectively. With the assistance of the local organization Jeevan Rekhan Parishad, Seacology will provide funding for 170 toilets for the village. As well, Seacology will provide 40,000 mangrove seedlings, which the villagers will plant in a three-kilometer belt around the island.

Project Updates

July 2014

Field Representative Vineeta Hoon visited the island and reports that around 70% of the mangrove seedlings planted are growing well and survived the category-five Cyclone Phailin in October 2013. Another 10% are showing stunted growth, and about 20% were washed away during the cyclone.
The 170 toilets installed in 2007 are well-maintained and used by the community members.

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December 2007

A final report was received in December 2007. All 170 toilets have been completed and the village has set up a mart to construct components of the facilities for other villages as an alternative livelihood source. 31,000 mangrove seedlings were planted between December 2006 and July 2007. As of November 2007, 90% of all the plants had survived. Villagers are now selling seedlings to the forest department as a source of income to maintain the nursery and village plantings.

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June 2007

In April 2007, field representative Felix Sugirtharaj visited the project site. 100 of the 170 toilets have been completed, with the remaining 70 scheduled to be completed in late June 2007. Once construction is completed, all 1,000 villagers will have access to clean sanitary facilities. Also in late 2006 the villagers established a mangrove nursery and raised and planted 35,000 mangrove seedlings. An additional 3,000 seedlings will be raised in 2007 to complete the planting of the 1.8 mile mangrove belt. The village is now considering selling any additional seedlings to the forest department as an income source to sustain the project in future years.

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January 2007

In July 2006, Jeevan Rekhan Parishad, the local organization coordinating the project, purchased materials for the facility construction and mangrove seedlings. They decided to schedule mangrove planting, conservation training and construction of the sanitary facilities simultaneously over the course of 2006 in order to better link the communities’ connection with the new facilities with mangrove conservation. The project is expected to be completed in early 2007.

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June 2006

In March 2006, the village officially agreed on the area to be protected. Mangrove planting, conservation training and construction of the sanitary facilities are scheduled to take place simultaneously over the course of 2006.

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