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Saving Kolkata’s Endangered Wetlands For Urban Life

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Saving East Kolkata Wetlands For Urban Life

East Kolkata’s wetlands have been an important part of its ecology. With industrialization and urbanization today they stand endangered as they are shrinking in size. The IIT-Kharagpur and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania have come together to look into the pressing issue of the presence of non-biodegradable chemicals in the water.

An IIT-KGP spokesperson said, “Our joint study will deliberate on what should be the role of urban planners, in a metropolitan city like Kolkata.” The IIT-KGP and IUP recently conducted a workshop where they showcased the state of East Kolkata’s wetlands. The wetlands play a key role in Kolkata’s waste-management resilience and today they are facing a crisis of existence. The aim of this joint study is to understand how the wetlands can be used effectively as a resource of urban life.

Dr Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, Regional Chair for South-Asia, Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature), mentioned in the workshop that the wetlands of Kolkata are among world’s most outstanding wetlands given its capability to treat water. He said, “We need to raise awareness among Kolkatans about this issue.”

Sovan Chatterjee, West Bengal Environment Minister And Chairperson of the East Kolkata Wetlands Development Authority, assured everyone during Environment Day function on June 5, 2017, of government’s intention to maintain the balance in ecology. He also mentioned that as on 19th August 2002, the East Kolkata Wetlands were declared a Ramsar site, under the Ramsar Convention. Ramsar Convention has those sites that are believed to have international importance fall. According to WWF-India, the wetlands are one of the most threatened ecosystems in India.

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