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Int’l Wetlands Day celebrated
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 DIBRUGARH, Feb 5 - A day-long programme on wetlands was organised by Jeeva Suraksha, Sivasagar to celebrate the International Wetlands Day on February 2 at Sasoni Merbil Ecotourism Project site at Sasoni, a press release stated.

Dr Ranjita Bania, Fisheries Biologist and the chief organiser of the programme spoke on the significance of the day and later discussed issues relating to gradual shrinkage of wetlands. She said that heavy siltation, human encroachment, over-exploitation, rapid urbanisation and new settlements accompanied by intensified commercial activities lead to pollution of wetlands.

Identification of the key drivers of wetland change and adoption of suitable mitigation measures is the only way to combat the loss of wetland habitats. Therefore, probable natural and anthropogenic factors should be quantified and their adverse impacts should be shared with the common people to make them aware of the needs of wetland conservation, thus making them a vital part of the conservation programme, she stated.

Addressing the gathering, Professor SP Biswas of the Department of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University highlighted the need of wetland conservation to preserve flora and fauna. Biswas also laid emphasis on conservation of indigenous fish species inhabiting the area to secure the livelihood of dependent people.

The programme was attended by Ranjan Mahanta, secretary of Duliajan Oil Club, Arun Changmai, Principal, Sasoni Junior College, Jintu Kalita of Nature’s Backon, Dr Swati Kiran, Assistant Professor of Dibrugarh University, Numal Chandra Dutta, vice-president of SMEP, Bhupen Borgohain, an executive of SMEP, Saurav Duwrah, photo journalist, Mitali Mahanta, Sanjib Koiri and Nripen Nayak, an executive of Jeeva Suraksha along with others.

An art competition and slogan writing competition was also organised among the students on the theme “Wetland and Biodiversity”. The programme was locally coordinated by Kaikhav Pratim Barua of Sasoni Sessasatra Academy. Kiranmoyi Borah and Kashyap Jyoti Borah of Ushapur High School jointly conducted the programme, the release said.

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