Wetland News

3 February 2017

World Wetland Day Observed in Chhattisgarh
On the occasion of the World Wetland Day (2 February 2017), a 2-day Workshop (2-3 February) was organised by the State Planning Commission, Govt of Chhattisgarh, jointly with the National Institute of Ecology and the Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur. A report on the Workshop can be downloaded here    Final World Wetland Day 2017-Report

Four Wetland Briefs on for important wetland areas namely, Lotus Fields-Dhamtari;  Ratanpur Wetland Complex; Dalpatsagar (Bastar) and Kotumsar Karst Wetland which are potential Ramsar sites were published along with a Brief Report on Status of Wetlands and Policy Perspectives in Chhattisgarh. The publications can be downloaded from the library on this website.

The most positive outcome of the Workshop was the setting up of a State Wetland Authority in the Chhattisgarh State and a focus on wetlands by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Raman Sngh ji, in his monthly Radio address to the people.

The Radio talk (18th episode of Raman ke Goth) can be accessed in Hindi/ Local language at
http://dprcg.gov.in/sites/default/files/audio/PRAYOJIT KARYAKRAM RAMAN KE GOTH 12th FEBRUARY 2017.mp3

8 June 2015

The National Institute of Ecology (NIE), India, recently concluded a one year capacity building project  entitled “Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change” funded by APN through its Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE). At a workshop held in New Delhi on 8 June, a policy brief, along with five biodiversity posters and a draft guideline for rapid assessment of wetland biodiversity, were formally released by Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Education.

Wetlands provide a variety of important ecosystem functions such as recharging groundwater supplies and trapping floodwaters in addition to facilitating nutrient cycling and the production of rice and fish as staple food  but are getting degraded or lost in recent decades—due to rapid urbanisation and lack of attention given to them in the development plans.

The policy brief centres around the key message that conservation of wetlands with the objective of protecting their biodiversity, specific biophysical characteristics and obtaining optimum benefits (ecosystem goods and services) requires a major shift in policies related to land and water use. It also emphasises the need to assess and value in economic terms the ecosystem services from wetlands particularly addressing the benefits to the local community and their livelihoods.

Download a copy:  PolicyBrief-Wetlands

For Photographs from the Workshop check APN-BES-Brief-a:

5 December 2014

The Database of the Network individuals interested in any inland aquatic ecosystem, and especially for the Wetlands Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is now accessible for joining by the interested researchers and practitioners. More information can be found on the Network page under ‘About’ and individuals can register directly from the homepage. The data form will be accessible only after registration and verification of the email ID.

November 23, 2014
The National Institute of Ecology (NIE), in collaboration with the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, the School of Science, Kathmandu University, Nepal, and Conservation Sciences India, New Delhi, is implementing a project on Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change with financial support from the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change research (APN-GCR), Japan.
Three Capacity Building Workshops of 3 days each will be organised at Kolkata (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam) and Kathmandu (Nepal) as per schedule given below.

Kolkata (India):              19-21 February 2015
Guwahati (India):            23-25 February 2015
Kathmandu (Nepal):       12-14 March 2015
A detailed announcement and application form can be downloaded from the ‘Training’ pages of this site.
LAST DATE for applications: 31 December 2014

January 9, 2014:
The IUCN, in collaboration with Chilika Development Authority,  organized an International Wor
kshop on “Wetland Governance in South Asia: Issues & Options” in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India during 5-7 January 2014. The Workshop was organized as a part of the IUCN’s project “Ecosystems for Life – A Bangladesh-India initiative”.

August 9, 2014:
NPCA Guidelines Discussed with Stakeholders.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is implementing a National Programme on Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) b merging into one the earlier National Lake Conservation Programme (NLCP) and the National Wetland Conservation Programme.  Accordingly, revised Guidelines are being developed for the NPCA, with the help of Wetlands International South Asia. The Draft Guidelines were discussed at a one day Consultation Meeting of experts and representatives of the state government and several international organisations.

August 9, 2014:
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has initiated design of a 5-year national project on wetland ecosystem services and biodiversity under the Global Environment Facility. It will supplement the National Programme on Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) through interventions in the areas of knowledgebase development, capacity building and integrated site management, with an overall objective of enhancing management effectiveness of wetlands in the country. The project is being prepared by Wetlands International South Asia who organized, jointly with the Ministry, in New Delhi, a one day consultation meeting with state government representatives and experts.

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