Supporting Nature Tourism in Bhitarkanika: Eco-Guide Training for Tourism Enablers of the Mangroves

24 July 2023

The Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection project, a collaboration between GIZ, the Mangrove Forest Division, and the Naturalist School, organized a five-day eco-guide training at Bhitarkanika National Park from 24-28 Jul. This initiative was also in line with the Amrit Dharohar initiative of the Wetlands Division, under the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. The training specifically targeted selected tourism facilitators from the region, including boat owners, forest personnel, boat drivers, and homestay owners primarily from Dangmal, Bankual, Gupti, and Chandbali villages of Odisha.

The training covered a wide array of topics, including the ecological significance of Bhitarkanika’s mangroves and their role in climate change resilience. Participants delved into biodiversity, birdlife, reptiles, and guiding techniques, with practical sessions and field experiences. They also learned to incorporate technology into nature guiding through applications like iNaturalist and Merlin.

The event led discussions on further steps for eco-tourism development and the need for ongoing capacity building. Participants received certificates for being a successful community of proficient eco-guides and conservation advocates.

July 24-28, 2023

Bhitarkanika, Odisha

Contact Person
Kirtiman Awasthi