Mumbai : On the occasion of World Wetlands Day on February 2, a conference has been organised – with its objective being a discussion on the issues faced with regard to the conservation of wetlands – by Mumbai University and Pariyavaran Dakhata Mandal, an environmental NGO. The 10th annual conference is titled as ‘Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods’.
Other participants in the conference will be the Association of Teachers of Biological Sciences, Mangroves Society of India, B N Bandodkar College of Science and SACON. It will be a three-day conference commencing from Sunday, January 31, and will have various activities like oral presentations, street plays, short films and a round-table conference in Mumbai University’s Fort campus on Tuesday, February 2.
Wetlands are vital ecosystems that provide livelihood for millions of species who live around them and are accordingly rich in biodiversity. However, over the past few decades, wetlands have been heavily polluted, mainly due to human activities, leading to significant economic losses.