Resilience Through Mangrove Restoration and Climate Smart Agriculture

APOWA focuses on direct action on the ground to protect endangered species and their habitats and strengthen vulnerable communities – making them more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.


Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA)

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  • India


Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA) was established in the year 1999 with a mission of partnering with local communities to protecting the animals and plants that represents the diversity of life by conserving the nature they need to survive. It focuses on direct action on the ground to protecting endangered species and their habitats, restoring and conserving degraded mangroves forests, strengthening and helping vulnerable communities become more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change. It is working on the basis of principles rather than personalities, politics or profit.


APOWA builds upon the organization’s core strengths: achieving demonstrable results; working with a wide range of stakeholders, robust project planning methodologies; our experience with transactions; and, perhaps most importantly, our ability and commitment to back up our strategies. APOWA has adopted a ‘bottom-up’ strategy to ensure the involvement of the community in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme. Working with local communities is a strong thread that runs right through field activities. The coastal state of Odisha, by virtue of its location and geological settings is prone to Climate Induced Natural Disasters (CIND) such as tropical cyclones, storm surges, coastal erosion, flood. It lies in the flood plain of major rivers, therefore it is highly vulnerable from flooding from the rivers and the frequent storm surges, cyclones in the Bay of Bengal. This leads to crop failure, decline in income or employment opportunities, hunger, malnutrition, loss of property and life. Recurrent CIND being the major cause of crop failure people either out-migrate in search of alternative livelihood or put excessive pressure on common pool resources such as highly endangered mangrove forest. We know that promoting resilient agriculture techniques suitable to this region can help to minimize the factors leading to migration. Mangroves have a high potential to reduce climate change-induced threats, particularly the impacts of cyclones and sea level rise; controlling soil erosion. At the same time, they provide livelihood resources for communities through fish production, generating economic opportunities and providing community with food security for survival, thus effective measures have a major environmental, economic and social impact. We have 16 years experience in implementing ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. Project Activities a. Community-led Mangrove Restoration, Management and Conservation- Mangrove restoration standards shall be drawn from past successful efforts carried out by our team. The project will apply science and site based restoration methodology to create new mangrove forests. The project is target to restore in 54 ha. in village waste revenue land and conservation of around 600 ha. of mangroves by community members. The mangrove restoration work will conduct in association with village level committees and community members. Local communities should be made to realize that they are responsible not only for the present state but also for the future state of mangrove resources entrusted to them. This to happen realistically and practically communities must have the access to and control of such mangrove resources through a collective decision making process. The project team will facilitate the formation of Village Mangrove Council (VMC) to steer the mangrove management and restoration process in each project village. The project will build the capabilities of the local community members and other stakeholders on sustainable management of mangrove resources. Women and men with capacity to engage in development plan and decision making processes at various levels in order to build resilience. b. Climate Smart Agriculture(CSA)- It will train and equip about 750 local farmers about Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technique as a mean to adapt climate changed induced flooding/ inundation so that they can find agriculture as a source of sustainable livelihood which in turn will reduce huge out-migration from this area. The trained farmers will extend himself/ herself to transfer the acquired knowledge to other farmers in the locality. The role of the trainees will be to ensure that all elements of the recommended Package of Practices (PoP) are adopted by the farmers. At least 15 Farmer Field School (FFS) will be established to cover 50 trainee farmers each. FFS will provide class room inputs before each critical stage of climate smart agriculture operations for the participating trainees followed by a field practice session at the Front Line Development (FLD). All these activities will be monitored and guided by Technical Advisor Committee (TAC). With these activities at the backdrop, the project will also facilitate bringing various actors such as Panchayat, Govt. departments, and local VDRC (Village Level Disaster Resilience Committee) together so that all of them act in synergy towards overall development of the area.

Seeking Support For



  • Community-led Mangrove Restoration, Management and Conservation: 23,285
  • Climate Smart Agriculture(CSA): 15,380
  • Project Administration (Salary, Travel, Documentation etc.): 9650


APOWA is seeking US$48,315 in grant-funding to invest in the following:
  1. Community-led Mangrove Restoration, Management and Conservation: 23,285
  2. Climate Smart Agriculture(CSA): 15,380
  3. Project Administration (Salary, Travel, Documentation etc.): 9650
By the end of the project, around 6,300 people from 1,456 families Rajnagar and Mahakalpada block will benefit through restoration and sustainable management of mangroves, which will increase fish resources and other biodiversity which will create and maintain sustainable livelihood for local communities. It will improve the landscape and new mangrove forest, which will help protecting the life and properties of these vulnerable people from natural hazards such as cyclones, storm surges. The project will have also trained around 750 farmers capable of doing Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). This will not only ensure their sustainable agri-based livelihood but also will safeguard mangrove resources. Primary beneficiaries of the project, therefore, will be the farmer families vulnerable to coastal flooding and crop loss, disadvantaged group of men and women (mostly dalit, refugee, and scheduled caste) & youth who are highly susceptible for out migration. The project will also benefit around 16,000 people in-directly.

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