The demand for streamlining tourism and infrastructure at Mangalajodi, which is emerging as a tourist destination, has grown louder.
Wildlife organisations, conservationists and bird protection groups met recently and urged the administration of Khurda and Ganjam to restrict tourist movements in designated waterways to ensure sanctity of the bird breeding areas.
Wild Orissa held an interaction with Sri Sri Mahavir Pakshi Surakhya Samiti (SSMPSS), Kalpavriksha, Kolkata Trekkers, WWF-India, Godwit Eco Cottage, Bakul Foundation and Kalinga Birds to discuss the major issues.
It was felt by the stakeholders that measures should be taken to adopt ecologically sustainable tourism practices. The local wildlife officials should ensure that tourists are issued a set of “do’s and don’ts” before they go in for bird watching. Besides, fruit-bearing trees of local species for benefit of the birds must be planted, the meeting observed.
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