The Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Prof. Gurmeet Singh, and the Deputy Conservator of Forests and Wildlife, Smt. Vanjulavalli Sridhar, IFS, jointly launched the ‘Green Protocol for Wetlands’, in the presence of Dr. Ramakichenin Balagandhi, Director, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Prof. S. Balakrishnan, Director Studies, Pondicherry University; Dr. B. Chitra, Registrar, Pondicherry University; Prof. K. V. Devi Prasad, Dean, School of Life Sciences; Dr. Golda Edwin, Executive Director, APSCC; Prof. A. Shahin Sultana, Dean, Students Welfare; Prof. R. Nalini, HoD, Department of Social Work; Er. N. Sankaramourthy, Executive Engineer; and Dr. M. Nandhivarman, Coordinator, Office of Green Campus, Pondicherry University.
Launch of ‘Green Protocol for Wetlands’ grouped under five heads
Strategies for Wetland Rehabilitation
Storm Water Drain Management
Approach for Buffer Zone Sustainability
Action Plan for the Water Body
The purpose of the launch is to catalyze the students and the community, jointly to work for the sustenance of the wetlands. The protocol was drafted on the platform of basic conservation ideas to raise awareness and to participate in the protection of this dwindling resource.
Further to sensitize and create awareness among the ‘Mitras’, Thiru. Rudra Goud, Director, Department of School Education, is jointly organizing a ‘Drawing Competition’ in all the 400+ Public Schools reaching over 4500 participants, under the wetland day theme of ‘wetlands and water’. Besides, to catalyze the ‘Wetlands Mitras’ (or) ‘wetlands friends’, a wetland conservation network is also planned for the ‘transformation’ of the students and community – climate change perspective.