World Otter Day was celebrated to increase awareness on the importance of Indian Smooth Coated Otters in Godavari estuary.This important event was by Government of India-Government of Andhra Pradesh- UNDP- GEF EGREE Foundation in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Forest Department in association with IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group at Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, Kakinada.
AnantShankar, DFO (WL) Rajamahendravaram spoke on the importance of
Otters in Mangrove eco system and gave an overview of Bio diversity in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. He also highlighted on the importance of public participation in conserving the otters in and around the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary.
Dr.Nandani Salaria,DFO Territorial interacting with the Presidents of EDCs and
Students stressed on the need for conservation of rich biodiversity of East Godavari. She also spoke on the importance of eco-tourism, role of EDCs in conservation of the locally important species. She also emphasized on the community development programmes. Dr.Ravishankar Thupalli, International Biodiversity Specialist and State Project Coordinator,UNDP GEF EGREE Project gave an overview of community participated mangrove conservation since1996 cyclone and the importance of mangroves as habitat For Otters and other species. He also spoke about mitigation of man and animal conflict particularly on Otters. Coringa Panchayat Sarpanch and BMC Chair person Ms. Dadala Rani addressed the participants on the importance of Otter conservation.
Nearly 53 participants including students from Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and WII Dehradun, local communities, NGOs and industries, researchers and wildlife enthusiasts participated in the programme.