The 13th Finance Commission (TFC) has allocated Rs 5,000 crores as forest grant to support ecology-based projects initiated by of ministry of forests and environment (MF&E).

Another Rs 2,063 crores have been allocated to support for state-specific projects.

The Chilika Development Authority has tied up with Leibniz University of Germany to study sea grass and the expanding sea meadows of the lake.

BHUBANESWAR: The 13th Finance Commission (TFC) has recommended a grant of Rs 78,974.9 crore for the State for the award period from 2010 to 2015. The grant has increased substantially compared to the 12th Finance Commission, which recommended Rs 36,942.8 crore for Orissa.

The long flights of migratory birds have raised more questions than answers.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has sought enhanced grants from the Thirteenth Finance Commission (TFC) for heritage conservation and development of tourist infrastructure in Orissa as tourism has become one of the major sources of employment generation.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as population of shore-birds is declining globally across the wetlands, Chilika has reported more of them. Over the years, more and more such wader species have turned up at the lagoon, a trend indicating the improved habitability of the 1,100 sq km wetland.

A team of scientists from Japan is conducting a study on Irrawaddy dolphins in Chilika lake, Asia's largest brackish water lagoon, for their conservation. The mammal is a highly threatened species listed under Wildlife Protection Act.

BHUBANESWAR: An integrated management plan of Chilika lagoon is now ready.

BHUBANESWAR: Goaoa-basedbased National Institute of Oceanography has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chilika Development Authority (CDA) for sustainable management of Chilika through regular environmental monitoring.

BHUBANESWAR: To improve Chilika