World Wetlands Day 2004 -- India

13/02/2004

Chandigarh: Kanjli and Harike

From: pahal [mailto:pahal@vsnl.net]
Sent: 07 February 2004 03:38
To: HIGGINS Valerie - Ramsar

"Large scale utilization of water for irrigation, encroachment, on the wetland habitat, drainage of agricultural chemical into water, discharge of untreated waste from catchments towns into the river and deforestation of the lower shivalitas causing soil erosion and siltation are the major threats to Wetlands" said S.Jagdeep Singh, DFO Wild Life, in a function organized by youth organization PAHAL on World Wet Land Day at Harike Wet Land with the assistance of Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh.

Sh.B.S.Cheema SDO Head works said that lack of awareness is also damaging the Wet Lands. PAHAL is organizing awareness program on Wet Lands since 1997, each year a number of colleges are participating. Now PAHAL is planning to design an elaborated program for all the Wet Lands of Punjab, even organization will concentrate on the rural ponds to develop them as man made small Wet Lands, said Lakhbir Singh president PAHAL. He added that this year 12 colleges -- Govt. College of Education Jalandhar, Ramgarhia College of Education Phagwara, C.T.College of Education Jalandhar, S.D.College Jalandhar, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar National Instt. Of Tech.Jalandhar, Lovely Instt. Of Management Jalandhar, St.Soldier College Jalandhar, H.M.V.College Jalandhar, M.G.N. College of Education Jalandhar, A Pee Jay College of Fine Arts Jalandhar, B.D.Arya College for Women Jalandhar cantt., N.J.S.govt. College Kapurthala -- participated in this Wet Land awareness Tour and Quiz contest to Harike Pattan. Out of these colleges one is Engineering, one Management, Six Degree Colleges and Four Education Colleges.

This educational tour took first stoppage at Kanjli International Wet Land, and principal Wariam Singh, Prof. Sarbjit Singh Dhir, Dr.Ranbir Kaushal and Sh.Davinder Neel addressed the tour participants. At Harike Pattan first of all 70 participants watched a documentary on Harike Pattan conservation Schemes by different Govt. Departments and another documentary on global migration of birds and human development program. After that a subject quiz on environment and Wet Land was conducted in which 12 team from 12 different colleges contested. M.G.N. College of Education won this quiz contest and Govt. College, Kapurthala was declared runners up. Winners Trophy and Runner up Trophy was awarded to the teams and medals were given to individual members of the teams. All participants were given participation certificates.

Among others who attended this special program were Sh.Iqbal Masih, S.Ranjit Singh, Sh.Balwinder Singh, S.Inderpal Singh all Junior Engineers Harike Head works, all colleges lecturers from 12 different colleges, Prof.Ashok Khurana Jt.Sec.PAHAL, Sh.Amit Kumar Sec.PAHAL, Sh.Joga Singh Atwal Press Sec., Ms Ranjit Kaur, Ms Usha Khurana also made efforts to arranged the program. Dr.Onkar Singh Scientific Officer PSCST Chandigarh brief about the council program.

LAKHBIR SINGH (pahal@vsnl.net)

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