NTPC Simhadri’s support for conservation of vulnerable species of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles
The process of releasing hatchlings of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles embarked from third week of March 2021 and will last till May,2021. Upon maturation of eggs, hatchlings crawled back to their original habitat in sea on Mutyalammapalem beach, Parawada with the community participation and more than 300 Nos. hatchlings were released in this coule of days. NTPC Simhadri under its sustainable development initiatives has been undertaking a project on Conservation of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle since 2015.
Sri Diwakar Kahsuik, Group General Manager along with other Senior Officials of O&M, HR & CSR of NTPC Simhadri were released the hatchlings in to the sea at Mutyalammapalem as NTPC is undertaking the conservation of red listed vulnerable species of Olive Ridley in collaboration with Forest Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
In pursuance of that, hatcheries have been developed on the coast of Visakhapatnam to protect the nestlings from predators and anthropogenic interference. Community’s participation has played an active role in the conservation project by ensuring security during hatching external threats.
The interventions of NTPC Simhadri supported forest department in aligning the resources for the critical activity and resulted in increasing trend in the hatchings released in the sea water.
NTPC Simhadri’s support for conservation of vulnerable species of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles is an important milestone in mainstreaming biodiversity in business decisions and supporting in meeting the requirements under India’s National Biodiversity Target 6 and 12.
This project is further aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14 that advocates conservation and sustainable use of Oceans, Seas and Marine resources and aquatic ecosystem.