World Wetlands Day 2002: India
World Wetland Day in Amritsar and at Harike Lake
Wetlands are important and fragile ecosystems all over the world and are most threatened in the countries like India. Therefore to understand their functions and values and the role played by them, our team of young scientists and research students are working on the ecology of wetlands in this part of the world and to generate maximum awareness among masses, we are observing World Wetlands Day since last four years. Our main target groups are school, college and university students and local people who are living in close proximity and utilising the resources of wetlands. This year also, we planned a one day field tour to Harike Wetland - A Ramsar Site in India. Students from D.A.V. College and Department of Zoology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar participated in this event. This year we didn't have seminars one day earlier as was in last year due to non-availability of funds. First of all we went to Interpretation Centre of Harike Wetland where myself delivered a lecture on Ecology and Wildlife of Harike wetland and Dr. Anish Dua,a lecturer in Department of Zoology in Guru Nanak Dev University spoke on Functions and Values of Wetlands. Lecturers from D.A.V College i.e. Mr. Neeraj Gupta, Ms Rajni Khanna and Ms. Narula also spoke on wetlands. Divisional Forest Officer Mr. Jagdeep Singh and Wildlife Warden Mr. R.I.S Bindra of Harike wetland told students about running management programmes in Harike wetland. A documentary on wildlife of Harike wetland was also shown to students. After that students were taken to the wetland where an on-the-spot painting competition, quiz competition, and Best Slogan writing competion were held and prizes were distributed among winners. Students also enjoyed bird watching and admire migratory birds in the wetland.
Due to nonavailability of funds this year programme could not be organised in a big way but it is worth mentioning here that all the activity which we carried out, was sponsored by all the students from their pocket money and we appreciate their concern about wetlands.
With kind regards
Department of Zoology
Guru Nanak Dev University