Strengthening Livelihood Security and Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in Chilika Lagoon, India

Chilika is a brackish coastal lagoon and biodiversity hotspot situated in the eastern state of Orissa, India. It is a source of livelihood for more than 200 000 fishers and 400 000 farmers living in and around the wetland and its adjoining catchment area. In recent years, however, climate uncertainty and environmental degradation in the form of salt intrusion and increased sediment loads have affected the hydrological regime and the balance between coastal and freshwater, threatening livelihood security and posing a considerable flood risk, particularly during the monsoon.

Current ecosystem approaches to wetland management do not take climate uncertainty into account. This grant will allow Wetlands International South Asia (WISA), in collaboration local stakeholders, to identify management options for reducing risk and increasing community preparedness for changes in wetland systems due to climate variability. Researchers will elaborate scenarios of changes in ecosystem services due to climate variability; assess current coping mechanisms within vulnerable communities; demonstrate options for enhancing livelihood resilience through pilot interventions; formulate a "climate smart" plan for wetland management; and build the capacity of wetland managers to respond to climate change, particularly as it concerns livelihood resilience.

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Start Date

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

MacAlister, Charlotte

Total funding

CA$ 500,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Ritesh Kumar


Wetlands International - South Asia Society (REGD)

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