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The methodology adopted in Mangalajodi involved the following [Wild Orissa, 2011]:


  • Direct intervention by way of apprehending poachers operating in the waters of Chilika Lake in and around Mangalajodi, with prior information on such activities, alongwith members of Wild Orissa and forest staff.
  • Monitoring with members of Wild Orissa in the waters, especially in the poaching prone areas adjoining Mangalajodi waters, in both motorboats as well as in boats procured from local sources.
  • Patrolling with members of Wild Orissa and forest staff, during odd hours, against poaching of bird eggs.
  • Holding of regular meetings with the members of the bird protection committee of Mangalajodi.
  • Holding meetings with the forest staff of Tangi Wildlife Range and Mangalajodi Section.
  • Outings with visiting scientists from the Bombay Natural History Society etc., to the breeding habitats.
  • Involvement of school children in boat excursions to the bird breeding habitats.
  • Organising competitions on Chilika Lake and its birds, amongst school children of the area.
  • Seeking interventions of the Chief Wildlife Warden, Irrigation Department, Chilika Development Authority, etc., on the fragile waterfowl breeding habitats.
  • Ensuring some income generation for the poacher turned conservationists, which could help mitigate the poor economic conditions of these people, which would ensure their continuous involvement in water fowl conservation, through initiation of an Eco-Tourism Project in Mangalajodi village in the year 2003.