World Wetlands Day 2005 -- India

World Wetlands Day 2005 -- India

1 April 2005

Aaranyak Holds World Wetland Day at Guwahati, Assam

Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation in North East India, has organized a three days eco-restoration workshop as part of the World Wetland Day celebration from 1-3 February 2005 at the Indian Institute of Bank Management, Guwahati, Assam. It is aimed to provide basic awareness and training to selected participants on the philosophy and principles of Restoration Ecology and the techniques and practices of Eco-restoration, restoration of wetland and forest ecosystems. Dr. Bibhab Kr. Talukdar, Secretary General of Aaranyak welcomed the participants and invitees to the workshop. . Mr. Partha Jyoti Das, coordinator of the workshop from Aaranyak has introduced the resources persons and guest to the participants and invitees.

In the inaugural session on 1st February 2005, Dr. Sanjib Baruah of Omio Kumar Das Institute for Social Change, Dr. Anil Goswami of WWF-North East India, , Prof. P.C. Bhattacharjee of Gauhati University, has spoken about the need of the eco-restoration and duties of diverse agencies including the civil societies in this key process of environmental improvement. Prof. A.F. Clewell, President of Society for Eco-restoration International has emphasized the importance and advantages of eco-restoration. Dr. Narayan Desai of Indian Chapter of Society for Eco-restoration International has pointed out to cultural affinity of Indian towards ecosystem and strong social and cultural beliefs that support ecosystem conservation. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. N.N. Dass, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology. He has appreciated the work of Aaranyak in the field of conservation science and bringing the eco-restoration workshop to Assam. Prof. D.C. Goswami of Gauhati University has presided over the inaugural session. Dr. Goswami has congratulated Aaranyak for arranging this important workshop of eco-restoration which is a doable tool to improve ecosystems goods and services to the society. Speaking on the occasion Brig. V.S. Manjul, has emphasized the need of working together to take the challenges in eco-restoration. Mr. Ranjan Bhuyan, President of Aaranyak offered vote of thanks. About 35 participants from various institutes and universities, and non-governmental and government agencies and corporate house has attended the workshop.

On 2nd February 2005, a special function on World Wetland Day was organized at Guwahati. Dr. A.F. Clewell has delivered the key note speech on the need of wetland conservation and restoration of degraded wetland habitats to promote diversity. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sarma of Cotton College, Guwahati, has delivered an insight to wetlands of Assam and various efforts initiated to map key wetlands of Assam. The Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Assam, Mr. M.C. Malakar has vowed the department’s commitment to protect key wetland areas with the Protected Area Network and bring some potential wetland habitats under the PA network. Prof. P.C. Bhattacherjee has mentioned about various threats to wetland habitats with special emphasis to bird communities. Dr. A.K. Baruwa, Director of Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, Assam has lauded the effort initiated by Aaranyak towards wetland conservation and restoration ecology in Assam, which he said is the need of the day. Mr. Partha Jyoti Das of Aaranyak has mentioned about Aaranyak’s long term plan for Deepar Beel , the only RAMSAR SITE in Assam. Two key sites in Deepar Beel have been identified for ecological restoration project for which Aaranyak will generate the resources to improve the health of the Deepar Beel Ecosystem. Earlier of the day a Bird Watching Camp was organized by Aaranyak for the students of Gauhati University at the Deepar Beel Ramsar Site.

This was stated in a press release of Aaranyak.

Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Ph.D.
Secretary General, AARANYAK
Samanwoy Path (survey)
PO: Beltola, Guwahati - 781 028
Assam, INDIA
Tel: 0361-2228418/2230250
Fax: 0361-2228418/2266087
mobile: 94351-13139

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- don't lose it!"