World Wetlands Day in India
World Wetland Day Celebration (2nd February 2007)
Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre (see www.mangroves.godrej.com) located in Mumbai had organised a poster exhibition on the theme "Wetland Conservation" on the occasion of World Wetland Day (2nd February 2007) in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund, Mumbai.
Visitors included school children, Godrej employees and residents of the Godrej Colonies. Importance of Wetlands, need of their conservation, Ramsar Convention and laws related to Wetland Conservation and Citizen's role in Wetland Conservation was discussed with the visitors.
As a part of the Celebrations on 4th February (Sunday) a Workshop was organised for School Teachers teaching Environment subject in different schools in Mumbai in Collaboration with Srishtidnyan a local NGO working in the field of Environment Education..
A day started with a nature trail in Mangroves and a visit to Marine Aquarium. The group spent three hours in mangrove forest watching mudskippers, fiddler crabs, birds and butterflies. They enjoyed the view of the vast mangroves (nearly 700 hectares) conserved by Godrej, which serves as lungs of the City. Our volunteers explained about Marine fishes in the aquarium. In the afternoon a film show on Marine biodiversity was organised in Mangrove Interpretation Centre. The programme also included presentation of the Projects undertaken by the school teachers and students on Environmental conservation and a Quiz competition. The programme was concluded with the prize distribution program.
Dr. Maya Mahajan
Soonabai Pirojsha Godrej Marine Ecology Centre
Mumbai, India 400079
Play about wetland conservation by school teachers