Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, jointly organised biennial Roorkee Water Conclave from 26th– 28th February, 2020 on “Hydrological aspects of Climate Change”. The conclave saw eminent experts from international and national universities/institutes, Research institutions, government organisations, consultants and multilateral & bilateral international organisations. The highlight of the event was “Wise Use of Wetlands” themed exhibition showcased by “Namami Gange”, the flagship conservation program of the Government of India.
The exhibits emphasized on the concept of wise use, as laid down by Ramsar Convention, and stressed on maintenance of wetland ecological characteristics, through the implementation of ecosystem approaches. During a special session, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General of National Mission on Clean Ganga, gave presentation on the programs being implemented for conservation and management of Gangetic floodplain wetlands of Uttar Pradesh.
Wetlands International South Asia is working with Uttar Pradesh State Wetlands Authority to put in place a functional inventory of wetlands in the river districts of Uttar Pradesh. The organization was represented by Dr Santosh Palmate, who interacted with participants and apprised them of the endeavours aimed at conservation and management of wetlands of river Ganga.