March 1999 Thenga
Odisha
June 2020

Where we work

Our presence in Odisha is in the undulating regions of Angul, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar in central parts, and in the Eastern Ghats’ tribal-dominated district of Koraput. We work with rain-fed, agriculture-dependent, small and marginal farmers in Angul and Dhenkanal. In Koraput and Keonjhar, it is with tribal communities inhabiting the upper catchments of the Kolab and Baitarni River basins, respectively. Although rich in green cover, with rapid industrialisation, both regions have witnessed acute water scarcity and growing urban-rural economic disparity over the decades.

What we do

We work with local NGOs, forest protection networks and field teams across Odisha to secure Community Forest Rights (CFR) under the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006. We also help build the capacity of our partners and field teams to prepare post CFR management plans.

Impact at a Glance

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Village-level Habitations
Strengthened

1841

Through Direct
Engagement

11208

Through Partnerships

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Thousand Lives
Impacted

980

Through Direct
Engagement

4495

Through Partnerships

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Thousand Acres of
Commons Secured

556

Through Direct
Engagement

2883

Through Partnerships

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Testimonials

Partner Highlights

Kuradiphasa is a small village in Bargarh district, Odisha, where communities are heavily dependent on forest produce for their livelihood and sustenance. With Manav Adhikar Seva Samiti’s help, they filed CFR claims on 500 acres of forest in 2015-16, which were finally approved in 2018. Now, with the help of Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM), they collect, process and market non-timber forest produce. This year, the community harvested and sold harra and honey, benefitting 67 households, mostly headed by women. 22 more villages in the block are planning similar interventions with OLM.

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