Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection

Wetlands play an important role in mitigating climate change and conserving biodiversity. The project contributes to improving the management of wetlands in the partner country. It promotes the institutionalisation of an ecosystem approach in four Ramsar areas and the effective implementation of the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems. The projects will close the gaps in wetland management and carry out capacity development activities. These measures will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity in wetlands and their ecosystem services. At the same time, the project will improve climate resilience and the livelihoods of people living in the catchment areas of the selected sites. As part of the Corona Response Package, ecosystem-based measures are being implemented at three Ramsar sites to support sustainable livelihoods.

Project data

IKI funding
4,350,000.00 €
09/2018 till 08/2023
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
Implementing Partner
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Wetlands International South Asia (WISA)

State of implementation/results

  • On World Wetland Day on 2 February 2022, the Indian Ministry of Environment (MoEFCC) organised a national event at Sultanpur National Park. The project was represented with an information stand.
  • On 2 October 2021, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav released the "Wetlands of India Portal" (indianwetlands.in) developed by the project - a central entry point for information on wetlands in India. The portal was hosted by the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).
  • An online training course on integrated wetland management in India is being developed. This will be a self-paced modular online course to be made available on the "Wetlands of India Portal".
  • Integrated Management Plans (IMP) for the four project sites will be prepared under the project based on the assessment results of hydro-ecological, socio-economic and climate risk and vulnerability analysis, and consultation with experts and stakeholders. The draft IMP for Point Calimere was submitted to the Wetland Authority of Tamil Nadu for review and feedback.
  • The Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) was applied at all four project sites. A manual on the application of the tool is in progress.
  • Four state institutes (Tamil Nadu Forest Academy; Natural Resource Management Training & Development Society, Himachal Pradesh; Central Development Authority, Odisha) have agreed to collaborate with the project and offer training programmes for wetland managers and other key stakeholders in their institutes in the future. The training programmes are currently being developed.
  • A virtual workshop on wetland regulations and integrated management planning was conducted for wetland managers from Himachal Pradesh and Odisha in October 2021.
  • A training session for 25 bird watching guides was conducted at Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary from 15 to 24 December 2021.
  • An information video on the cultural significance of Lake Renuka was released on 2 October 2021.
  • Several short films are being made at all project sites in a participatory approach with local communities on ecosystem services such as flood control, livelihood activities around the wetlands.
  • Under the project, restoration of 96 ponds (area 3.82 ha), plantation of 7.2 ha of mangroves, vegetable cultivation (area 6 ha) and horticulture (area 0.72 ha) took place in Bhitarkanika (total area 17.74 ha).
  • In Point Calimere, 14 canals (area 2.5 ha), three ponds (area 3 ha) and 4.85 ha of floriculture were restored under the project (total area 10.35 ha).
  • The project assisted over 700 families with alternative livelihood options through training, such as sustainable fishing and horticulture.

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