January 2006

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

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.

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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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