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Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust, Chilika Lake
IRTA 2019 Gold Winner, Best Wildlife
Mangalajodi is a community owned and managed wildlife conservation venture. The Mangalajodi Marshes have been restored as a bird sanctuary, able through tourism to provide sustainable livelihoods. The bird sanctuary now hosts 227 bird species of which 117 are migratory. The judges we particularly impressed by the way in which the erstwhile poachers of Magalajodi now actively patrol and protect the birds in the marshes, tourism has been successfully harnessed for the conservation of birds and other species. Birdwatching is available from hand sailed country boats, staff for the bird watching and resort are employed from the local community.