Yearly, on February 2, the planet comes collectively to honour certainly one of its most important ecosystems: the wetlands. This date celebrated because the World Wetlands Day, marks the anniversary of the Conference on Wetlands (Ramsar Conference), which was signed in Ramsar, Iran on February 2, 1971, to advertise conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
This 12 months, the worldwide theme for World Wetlands Day is ‘Wetlands and Life’. Wetlands are basically areas the place water covers the soil, or is current close to the floor of the soil—be all of it 12 months, and even for various durations in the course of the 12 months. Swamps, marshes, billabongs, lakes, lagoons, salt marshes, mudflats, mangroves, coral reefs, bogs, fens, and peatlands are all thought of as wetlands. Wetlands will be pure in addition to synthetic. These ecosystems home every kind of water—static, flowing, recent, brackish, saline, you identify it! Whereas offering habitats and circumstances for all times to a broad number of plant, fish, chook, and animal species, wetlands are additionally identified to enhance water high quality, retailer floodwater, protect coastlines, help organic productiveness, take up pollution, retailer land-based carbon, and preserve floor water move throughout dry durations.
This 12 months, World Wetland Day celebration was collectively organised by the Maaty Group, Zoological Survey of India, and Alpine Group of Schools on 2nd February to mark the first Ramsar wetland of Uttarakhand declared as ‘Wetland of Nationwide Significance’ on Ramsar Conference on Wetlands – ‘The Asan Conservation Reserve”. The Programme was began with the introductory speak from Dr. Himani Badoni, Mission Scientist, Maaty Group and the entire occasion was launched together with a brief description about Maaty Group.
Following that, the occasion was formally inaugurated by Dr. Gaurav Sharma, Scientist, Zoological Survey of India who mentioned the significance of at the present time and the way the exercise ‘birdwatching’ acts as a leisure motion however will help to doc data’s concerning biodiversity and subsequent habitat and likewise enhance our way of life.
After that, Dr. Ved Prakash Tiwary, Founder and Scientist, Maaty Group acknowledged everybody and gave a brief influential speak concerning the wetland and its significance and the way this birdwatching occasion is correlated with saving this one of many world’s most fragile ecosystem. He additionally mentions that regardless of the age and sophistication everybody ought to interact in such biodiversity documentation domestically/globally in order that it acts as a cursor to avoid wasting
our wildlife and their habitats.
Dr. Anil Kumar, Scientist and chook knowledgeable, Zoological Survey of India was delivered a knowledgeful speak to the scholars about migratory birds and wetland. In a while, Ms. Oyndrila, Senior Analysis Fellow, Maaty Group gave an outlook about how the occasion will proceed and divided the scholars into 4 totally different teams with the capability of 10 every for 4 totally different habitats. Every group have few specialists, who elaborated the information about birds and wetland to college students in the course of the occasion. Pupil participation is considerably moved they usually gathered and offered all the knowledge concerning the birds on the market, their behaviour and habitat very delinquently. Most influential discipline observe documentation along-with drawing awarded ‘the best-bird watcher’ on the finish of the programme to spice up the kids in order that they arrive ahead sooner or later to avoid wasting India’s biodiversity. College students of Alpine school have participated together with college members Mr. M D Kausar, Mr. Aamir, Ms. Vaishali Sharma
in it. A complete of 70+ members cum birdwatchers had been there who took half within the occasion. The commonest birds which can be being documented had been Ruddy Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Pink-crested Pochard, Northern pintail, Painted Stork, Gray Headed Swamphen Frequent Coot, Frequent moorhen, Indian spot-billed duck, Gray heron, River Lapwing, Inexperienced Sandpiper, Egrets, kingfishers and cormorants and so on.
Ultimately, Ms. Pratiksha, Senior Analysis Govt, Maaty Group thanked everybody for taking part within the occasion and introduce the net images competitors that was organized as part of this celebration., Ms. Anupriya, Ms. Shefali, Mr. Mrityunjay, Ms. Divyanshi, Mr. Vishal, Ms. Shalini and Ms.Reshmi are the remainder of the members from Maaty Group who’re concerned whole-heartedly to make this occasion profitable. Throughout this
occasion, many pictures associated to habitat and behavior of birds was taken which can be very useful for the documentation of the birds of Asan Conservation Reserve.