Risk of flood-natural disaster increases due to encroachment in wetland area

Wetland conservation regional workshop held under chairmanship of PS Mr. Shrivastva

wetland11.6.17Bhopal, June 11, 2017 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  Principal Secretary Environment Mr. Malay Shrivastava said that policies to protect wetland should be made keeping in view the common men. Generate awareness among people that risk of flood and natural disaster increases many folds due to construction and other activities in wetland areas. Wetland conservation is not only an issue related to environment. There is a need to prepare an integrated scheme for wetland conservation. Schemes should be prepared keeping in view people of nearby areas, proper sewage-solid waste management, ground water recharging etc. while identifying wetland area. Mr. Shrivastava said this while inaugurating a two day workshop organized jointly by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Environment Planning and Coordination Organization (EPCO) at EPCO campus today. Subject Experts from Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh are taking part in the workshop.

Member Secretary M.P. Bio-Diversity Board Mr. Shrinivas Murthy mentioned Chennai faced disastrous flood because of airport and other constructions in wetland area. He further mentioned that ozone layer which provides an atmosphere of living to the people took several crore years for its formation. But development of last 200 years has created problems like climate change and global warming depleting the ozone layer. Nature does not need us, we need nature, he added.  Mr. Chandan Singh of NPCA stated that 13 wetlands have been identified in Madhya Pradesh. An amount of Rs. 2 crore 4 lakh has been released by the Union Government for these wetlands.

Dr. M. Ramesh informed about preparations for workshop and documents for Wetland Conservation and Management, Dr. Ritesh Kumar described about guidelines for preparation of notification beside Dr. B.C. Chowdhary and Prof. J.K. Garg gave information in context to wetland and to prepare the map of wetland respectively.  There are 26 Ramsar wetland sites in the country including Bhopal Upper Lake (Bhoj Wetland) of Madhya Pradesh. Twenty thousand birds migrate every year besides 100-120 cranes, 43 fish species, 10 species of reptiles and amphibians, 106 species of macrophytes, 208 species of phytoplankton and 115 species of zooplanktons.

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