A team of experts from Wetlands International South Asia, delivered a talk on capacity building of Wetland Mitras in a workshop conducted by Wetland Authority of Delhi, Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi. This workshop was organised on 31st October 2022 and was moderated by DWA and chaired by Shri T.C. Nautiyal, Member Secretary, Wetland Authority of Delhi. The workshop was attended by Wetland Mitras of Delhi from varying professional fields and across age bar besides technical experts from Wetlands International South Asia (WISA), Delhi Jal Board and WWF-India.
Ravi Prakash, Wetlands Specialist at WISA emphasised the role of Wetland Mitras in the notification process through their involvement in the preparation of a brief document as well as in the preparation of a management plan. He also suggested having a participatory approach to water quality monitoring of wetlands involving the Wetland Mitras.
Arghya Chakrabarty, Technical Officer- Biodiversity at WISA discussed the involvement of Wetland Mitras in the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) and called upon Delhi Wetland Authority along with the Wetland Mitras to participate in the upcoming census. Lastly, they emphasised on the potential of Wetland Mitras in becoming a Wetland Champion through selfless contribution to the conservation of local wetlands in Delhi. The workshop concluded with a group activity involving interaction with Wetland Mitras regarding possible solutions for existing threats to the wetlands of Delhi.