Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary To Be Developed in Intl Standards

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AP state government has issued fresh orders to the Forest department to take up the development works of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. The vivid wildlife park located 18 kms from Kakinada will now be developed as an ecotourism spot of international standards with subtle care maintained towards ecology. The sanctuary has been seeing an increasing number of visitors in the recent times, holding great potential as a tourism spot within the state.

Going by the East Godavari Riverine Estuarine Ecosystem (EGR EE) Foundation, the new idea is to develop community based tourism that creates employment opportunities for the neighboring villages. New features such as setting up of a ‘Walk Board’ of international standards, two jetties for anchoring boats, erection of watch towers etc are underway.

M Ravi Kumar, Conservator of Forests spoke to the media and said the wildlife sanctuary will be developed as a tourism spot without damaging the ecology, complying with  the guidelines of the Union Government. Coringa Sanctuary is the second largest patch of mangroves on the East Coast, flaunting a unique ecosystem, flora and fauna, rare mangrove species, as also otter, fishing cat, sea turtles etc.

The sanctuary has nearly 269 species of birds, of which 95 are migratory birds from Eastern Europe, Central and North Asia, flying in through the Central Asian Flyway. Close to 78,000 to 88,000 water birds and 21 threatened bird species are located in the sanctuary, known also as a ‘marine protected’ area. Hope Island and Sacramenteo regions are important nesting sites for globally threatened Olive Ridley turtles and green turtles and also a viable site for over 200 breeding fin and Shell fish species.

“The area is rich, with diversity in flora and fauna and generates significant ecological and economic benefits such as shoreline protection, sustaining livelihoods, carbons sink services and others. It protects Kakinada Region from natural calamities like cyclones, storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion” said EGREE Foundation state project coordinator K. Tulsi Rao, while talking to the media.



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