2 February of each year is celebrated as World Wetlands Day to mark the date of adoption of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The 2018 theme ‘Wetlands for a sustainable urban future’ marks the role healthy wetlands make in making cities and towns livable, through their role in groundwater recharge, buffering floods, filtering wastewater, enhancing landscape aesthetics, providing income generation opportunities and ultimately supporting well-being. Unfortunately, the wide ranging values of wetlands are seldom recognized in urban planning, and wetlands reclaimed and trashed to create housing and other urban infrastructure.
We are organizing a half-day event and a seminar on urban wetlands to mark the World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2018. The seminar aims to discuss pathways and policy directions for securing a healthy future for urban wetlands in the country. Justice Swatanter Kumar, former Chairperson of National Green Tribunal has kindly agreed to chair the seminar and deliver the Presidential Address. Case studies on various aspects of wetland conservation shall be presented. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Urban Development, leading conservation organizations, research organizations and experts are being invited.
Closed event. Participation by invitation only.