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Mid-term review of the ICZMP supported research at WRTC
A team consisting representatives of World Bank and Society of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (SICOM) visited the Wetland Research and Training Centre (WRTC), Chandraput on 27th May 2013 to review the progress of research studies and infrastructure development under the ICZMP. The review panel was headed by Dr. Adavesh B.Harponhalli, National Project Director ICZMP, Tapas Paul Team Task Leader of ICZMP, and Dr. Ajit K. Pattnaik, IFS, Project Director ICZMP Odisha. Dr.Harponhalli emphasized the need of integrating applied research under the ‘Strengthening Wetland Research and Training Centre and Species Research’. Dr. Ajit Kumar Pattnaik delivered a presentation of the ecological restoration of Chilika Lake and stressed on the need of intense coastal monitoring studies for sustainable management of the lake ecosystem. Dr.Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior Scientist CDA introduced an overview of the World Bank supported studies that CDA has commissioned as one of the project execution agency under the ICZMP Odisha component. These studies are ongoing in collaboration with premier institutes of India such as CIFRI, BNHS, IISERK, and RPRC to understand the ecology and diversity of important biodiversity component such as birds, macrophytes, fishes, and microbial communities. Dr. Rastogi further elaborated the need of molecular biotechnology research for conservation, livelihood, and sustainable management of bio-resources of Chilika Lake. Scientific Officers at WRTC presented the concept of real-time water quality monitoring using data buoys and maintaining a central database to archive all research and field data. Project fellow working under the ICZMP supported studies presented their research in the area of water quality monitoring, benthic and fishery diversity, and inlet hydrodynamics. The team inspected the recently innovated Chemical and Biology lab facilities and appreciated the existing state-of-the-art technologies supported under ICZMP for strengthening the species research programme at WRTC.
Chilika Development Authority in collaboration with Wetland International-South Asia (WISA) conducted an “Allowable Envelope Workshop” at Wetland Research and Training Centre, Chandraput on April 14-16, 2013. The objective of the workshop was to identify a safe operating space or allowable envelope to define boundaries within which the ecosystem services are sustainable. Dr. Ward Hagemeijer, Corporate Relations Manager, Dr. Steven de Bie, Group Environmental Adviser, Royal Dutch Shell, and Dr. Taej Mundkur, Flyway Programme Manager from Wetland International, Netherland moderated the discussion and introduced the concept of allowable envelope to participants. The workshop was attended by Dr. A.K.Kundra, President, WISA and Mr. S.K.Pande,Ex-DG, MoEF and Dr. Ritesh Kumar, Programme Manager, WISA. Dr. Ajit K. Pattnaik, Chief Executive, CDA, greeted all participants chaired the workshop and discussed sustainable and wise use of wetlands. Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior Scientist, CDA delivered a presentation on the importance of monitoring research in managing Ramsar sites in context to Chilika Lake. Research scholars and scientists with expertise in the area of hydrological modeling, GIS and remote sensing, wetland management, and species diversity research discussed the allowable envelope concept in context to Chilika Lake as a model ecosystem. The workshop included field visit and a day long discussion and deliberation on indentifying critical factors that are important in maintaining the sustainability of Chilika Lake ecosystem.
Chilika Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with Space Application Centre (SAC, ISRO) Ahmadabad organized a two-day brainstorming meeting on “Planning the wise use of satellite remote sensing data derived information of Ramsar sites in India”. The meeting was held at Wetland Research and Training Centre, Chandraput on March 11-12, 2013. The objective of the meeting was to promote the wise use of remote sensing and GIS applications in the management of Ramsar sites of Eastern and Southern zone of India. Dr. Jai Singh Parihar, Dy. Director SAC discussed various applications of remote sensing such as mapping of different crops, topographic conditions, geo-morphological analysis, and forest mapping in context to management of catchment area of Ramsar sites. Dr. Sushma Panigrahy, Ex-Scientist SAC, presented detailed insights on National Wetland Inventory and Assessment (NWIA) project supported by Ministry of Environment and Forests. Scientist from SAC made presentations on the remote sensing applications in monitoring of physical, chemical, and biological quality of water in Ramsar sites. Dr. A. K. Pattnaik Chief Executive, CDA presented the case study of Chilika Lake and discussed the hydrological intervention, community participation, and adoptive management plan. Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior Scientist CDA and Mr. Rabi Samal Scientific Officer, CDA delivered presentations on Lake health monitoring activities, GIS and remote sensing applications in macrophyte assessment, inlet monitoring, and treatment of Chilika lake basin area. Key research gaps in the area of remote sensing for application in wetland management were identified for future action. A total of about 20 participants including Divisional Forest Officer, PCCF, and wetland managers from forest division of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, attended the workshop.
Inauguration of Real Time Water Quality Monitoring System
The Data buoy facility at Wetland Research and Training Centre, Barkul was formally inaugurated by Sj. Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Government of Odisha on January 18, 2013. CDA in its ongoing meticulous effort to continuously monitor the Chilika Lake health has deployed 10 data buoys in four ecological sectors of lake. These data buoys transmit real-time measurements of temperature, conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll, and blue green algae. Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior Scientist and Mr. Pradipta Muduli Scientific Officer CDA delivered introductory presentations on the research activities and data buoy facility of Wetland Research and Training Centre.
To commemorate the 1st meeting of the convention on wetlands on 2nd February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, World Wetlands Day was celebrated on from 2nd-4th February at Chilika Development Authority. The theme for this year was “Wetlands take care of water” considering 2013 is the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. To create awareness and inspire school children, WWD 2013 was observed in collaboration with NGO ‘Barefoot’ and the US Consulate General, Hyderabad. A Chilika Junior Ranger program was launched which involved 22 students of class 7th, 8th, and 9th from the St. Xavier’s High School, Puri. This three day long program included interaction of students and teachers with Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior Scientist at CDA. He explained and delivered a talk on Ramsar Convention, importance of wetlands, identification of wetlands and their protection at CDA visitor centre in Satapada. He also demonstrated several movies on Chilika Lake and Ramsar Convention to inspire young students. Students spent their night in Berhampura forest ecotourism center where they learned about camping, safety rules and pitched their own tents. Students were taken to Chilika Lake and Mr. Muntaz Khan and Mr. Ram from CDA explained about the native and migratory birds, dolphins, and their possible threats in Chilika. Students pledged to take active part on the conservation of Chilika Lake. Upon completion of the program and activity sheet, students were provided a participation certificate.
Lighting of Lamp by Chief Guest Delegates on the dais
Release of quarterly published newsletter 'Chilika' Participants of the workshop
The First National Workshop on Integrated Lake Basin Management was organized by Chilika Development Authority and International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC). This three day workshop was held at hotel The New Marrion, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India from 5th -7th February 2013. Workshop contained six technical sessions and one interactive panel discussion followed by field visit to Chilika Lake on 7th February 2013. Sj. Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Government of Odisha was the Chief Guest in the workshop and among others dignitaries Sri. R.K.Sharma,IAS, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Dr. Ajit Pattnaik, IFS, Chief Executive, CDA, and Dr. Masahisa Nakamura, Chairperson, RCSE & ILEC, Japan were grace the inaugural session of the workshop and Sri G.Rajesh, IFS, Additional Chief Executive, CDA gave the vote of thanks. A quarterly produced newsletter ‘Chilika’ was also release in the workshop.

More than 50 participants from India and abroad including researchers and wetland managers have attended the workshops. Case studies of wetlands such as Loktak, Harike, and Vembanad were presented in context to implementation of ILBM principles. Dr. Nakamura presented his views on long-term policy, flexible implementation, and discussed the role of six pillars in formulating a successful lake basin management plan. He presented several case studies where integrated lake basin management approach has been successfully implemented. Dr Ajit Pattnaik, delivered a talk on “Restoration and management of Chilika lake: Application of ILBM framework”. He emphasized the need of a participatory approach, livelihood support, and an adaptive wetland management plan giving an example of Chilika Lake plan. The workshop was ended with vote of thanks delivered to all honorable guests, participants, the chair of technical sessions, volunteers, and media person by Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi, Senior scientist, CDA. Participants also joined a field trip to Chilika Lake to see the biodiversity and socioeconomic issues associated with management of lake. They visited the Wetland Research and Training Centre where Dr. Gurdeep Rastogi delivered a presentation on research activities related to Chilika Lake.
A four days workshop on the development of Ecosystem Health Report Card was jointly organized by Chilika Development Authority and National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar on 4th-7th February 2013. This workshop was held with an objective to use biological, physical, and chemical parameters to develop a report card to assess the Chilika Lake health. Experts from the University of Maryland; Dr. Heath Kesley, Dr. Simon Costanzo and Jane Hawkey delivered technical presentations on the guidelines for choosing different indicators. They also discussed various approaches to determine the optimum threshold for an indicator using the data collected from Chilika over last 10 years. Deliberations and stimulating discussions was held on the issues like socio-economics, fisheries, and choosing appropriate indicators for health card development. More than 30 scientists and research scholars from India having experience in wetland ecology participated in this workshop.
The Annual Population Estimation survey of Irrawaddy dolphins in Chilika lagoon was conducted on 7th & 8th January 2013 but lack of visibility due to bad weather and higher Beaufort (due to high velocity of wind) the survey was suspended. It was again carried out on 18th & 19th January 2013.
Chilika lagoon is the natural abode of highly endangered Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris). The present distribution range of this species is only in Asia i.e. from Chilika to Indonesia within South East Asia and South Asia. The total population of these animals in the world is estimated to be less than 7500 (highest 6400 reported from Bangladesh) and the population in Chilika is considered to be the highest single lagoonal population. Chilika Development Authority has initiated many conservation measures for the protection and conservation of Irrawaddy dolphins in Chilika in close coordination with Wildlife wing of State Forest Department such as: (1) Survey and identification of dolphin habitat in the lagoon for proper management Read More...
Workshop on wetland management planning
Chilika Development Authority and Wetland International-South Asia (WISA) organized a two day training workshop for the wetland managers on Jan 2nd-3rd, 2013 at Wetland Research and Training Centre. The workshop was aimed at providing training to divisional forest officers and wetland policy makers for formulating a sustainable wetland management plan. The workshop contained several interactive sessions which included presentations on (i) Wetland management planning – an introduction (ii) Wetland management planning methodology, and (iii) Wetland wise use and ecological character. Using specific case studies of wetlands, Dr.Ritesh Kumar, Conservation Programme Manager WISA, demonstrated key points which are crucial for the development of a good wetland management plan. Participants of the training workshops also discussed the case of their specific wetlands and made draft management plans as per the recommendations suggested during the training. The participants were provided with resource material on Wetland Management and Planning.
The Technical Advisory Committee of Chilika Development Authority visited sea mouth on 10th December 2012
to monitor the New Mouth of Chilika Lake.
Visit of Central Empowered Committee of India to Chilika Lake on 8th December 2012. Also seen in the picture Dr.A.K.Pattnaik, Chief Executive, CDA, Sri P.N.Padhi, PCCF, Odisha and Sri S.B.Samanta, Regional CCF, Bhubaneswar.
welcome address by Dr.A.K.Pattnaik, IFS, Chief Executive,
Chilika Development Authority
Distinguished Guests
Release of Management planning
framework of Chilika lake
Panel discussion
Chilika lake was included in the Montreux Record in 1993 due to change in its ecological characters. Considering the urgency, CDA formulated an adoptive action plan, based on the targeted studies carried out by the premier institutes of the country. By way of implementation of the action plan CDA took some programmatic steps for restoration of the lake and Chilika was removed from Montreux Record in 2002. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat supported Wetlands International-South Asia(WISA), New Delhi, for formulation of a long-term management plan for Chilika based on the Ramsar guidelines. WISA in consultation with the key institutions and stakeholders have formulated a draft integrated management plan for Chilika following the Ramsar guidelines. The format of the management plan is designed by a number of experts, scientists and organization, who have been working on various issues and aspects of Chilika lagoon through the years. Management planning exercise also involved wide scale stakeholders’ consultation.The management plan was released by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Orissa and Chairman, CDA during the one day “Workshop on Management Planning of Chilika” on 20th October 2012 at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon, Jaydev Vihar Bhubaneswar, Odisha in presence of Dr.Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Sj.Bijayshree Routray, Minister, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha., Sj.Pinaki Mishra, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Puri, Dr.(Prof) Prasana Kumar Patsani, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Bhubaneswar, Sj.Sanjay Das Burma, Deputy Chief Whip and Hon'ble Member Odisha Legislative Assembly, Brahamgiri, Sj. Raghunath Sahu, Hon'ble Member Odisha Legislatively Assembly, Chilika, Sri R.K.Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha and Dr.A.K.Pattnaik,IFS, Chief Executive Chilika Development Authort. After the release of Management Planning Framework of Chilika Lake there was a panel of discussion on the management planning.

Compliments letter from Mr. Ananda Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Center Switzerland for

Mr. Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention Switzerland visit to Wetland Research & Training Center
of CDA in Chilika
Dr.A.K.Pattnaik, Chief Executive, CDA (Right), Mr.Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention Switzerland (Center) and
Sri G.Rajesh, Additional Chief Executive, CDA(Left)
Mr.Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention Switzerland visit to Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha Mr.Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention
Switzerland visit to New Mouth of Chilika lake
Chilika Development Authority and National Center for Sustainable Coastal Management, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India in collaboration with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), organised an ‘Expert Group Meeting to develop indicators to assess coastal ecosystem health’ under ‘Global Partnerships on Nutrient Management Programme(GPNM)’ from 25th June to 27th June 2012 at Wetland Research & Training Center, Barkul, Odisha, India. The consultation was focus on the methodology for development of the report card system in Chilika lake. Dr. Anjan Datta, the Programme Officer and the Officer-in-Charge of the UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, Nairobi along with Dr. Robert Jara, Coordinator, PEMSEA, Manila and Adelina C. Santos-Borja from Laguna-de-Bay, Philippines alongwith the experts from leading institutes from India were participate in the above meeting.

The Small Scale Funding (SSF) of the UNEP has sanctioned 1,18,000 US Dollar for developing the card system project. Under the project the entire lake and its outer channel would be divided into different ecological zones. The monitoring data including the water quality, sediment, macrophytes and biota would be generated to a scoring system. The project would define basic indicators and values to ascertain the health of the Chilika lake and rivers discharged into it. The role of ricer catchments and fresh water nutrient flushing into the Chilika lake, assessment of biochemcials, estimation of overall water quality and coastal water quality in the adjacent Bay of Bengal would be monitored.
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha presiding over the
11th Governing Body meeting of CDA
Release of Annual Report 2010-11 of
Chilika Development Authority by Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha
Release of Chilika Wetland Education Kit by
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha
Release quarterly published newsletter 'Chilika' by
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha
11th Governing Body meeting of Chilika Development Authority was held on 18th June 2012 at 11.30AM under the Chairmanship of Sj.Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha. Hon’ble Chief Minister made a brief statement on the activities carried out by Chilika Development Authority and the adverse effects of prawn gheries on the brackish water lagoon's ecosystem as well as the livelihood of fishermen living in and around the lake were discussed. A number of important decisions were taken. The Annual Report 2010-11 of CDA, 'Chilika Wetland Education Kit' and the quarterly published newsletter 'Chilika' also released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha.
Inception Workshop on impacts of climate change on Chilika Lake
Chilika Development Authority (CDA) and Wetlands International – South Asia (WISA) launched a three year research initiative on climate change in Chilika. This was declared at an inception workshop being held during 1st-3rd December, 2011 at Wetland Research and Training Center, Barkul.

The three year initiative titled ‘Strengthening livelihood resilience to changing climate in Chilika Lagoon, India’ aims to enhance climate preparedness of wetland management through developing response options and strategies for reducing climate related risks as well as increasing community preparedness for changes in wetland ecosystem services. The project is supported under the Climate Change and Water Programme of International Development and Research Center (IDRC). Implementation will be led by WISA and CDA, with expert support from the Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Implementation will build on climate scenarios modeling, participatory risk assessments with Chilika communities, stakeholder consultations, capacity building and communication and outreach. This initiative is first of its kind to be implemented for a wetland system and would be of immense use to wetland managers in the country. Read More...
Chilika Development Authority (CDA) organized a two day international science workshop on “Ecology and Conservation of Chilika Lake” at Wetland Research and Training Centre (WRTC), Badkul on 25th November 2011. His Excellency Mr. Philippe Welti, Swiss Ambassador to India, New Delhi has formally inaugurated the science workshop on 25th November 2011 at WRTC, Badkul in the presence of Dr. Mattia Celio, Science & Technology counselor from Swiss Embassy, New Delhi, Dr. Ajit Kumar Pattnaik, Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority, Govt of Odisha and Dr. Mrutunjaya Suar, Director, School of Bio-technology, KIIT University. The workshop is organized for two days from 25th to 26th November 2011 by CDA in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in India and KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. Read More...
Prof. Priyambada Mohanty-Hejmadi inaugurating the Workshop,
Sri Bhagirathi Behera (1st from left), Dr.S.Kaul (1st from right) and Dr.A.K.Pattnaik(2nd from right)
Dignitaries on the dais
Dr. Colin Maxwell Finlayson sharing his views on the
management of Phragmites karka
Participants in the workshop
A two-day long workshop on management of Phragmites karka jointly organized by Chilka Development Authority and the Wetlands International South Asia from 17th – 18th January 2011 at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Eminent naturalist and Chief Guest Prof. Priyambada Mohanty_Hejmadi inaugurate the workshop. Sri Bhagirathi Behera, IFS, Director, Environment & Special Secretary, Forest Environment Department, Government of Odisha, Dr.S.Kaul, Advisor, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India, Dr. Colin Maxwell Finlayson, Professor for Ecology & Biodiversity, Director of Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia and Dr.A.K.Pattnaik, IFS, Chief Executive, Chilika Development Authority-cum- Project Director, ICZM Project, Odisha were among the dignitaries.

The objective of the workshop was to deliberate on the management issues of invasive macrophytes particularly Phragmites karka in the northern sector of the lagoon. More than 50 experts from India and abroad having experience in the field of Management of Phragmites karka participated in the workshop.

Dr. Colin Maxwell Finlayson an eminent wetlands ecologist,Chair,Technical and Scientific Advisory Panel, Ramsar Convention, Switzerland and an expert on the Phragmites(Nala) gave a detail presentation on the Management of Phragmites karka. Read More...
Mr.Rajendra Singh a winner of 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Award For Community leadership interacting with Dr.Ajit Kumar Pattnaik Dr.Ajit Kumar Pattnaik speaking in
Odisha Environment Congress 2010, Bhubaneswar
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