CEE Himalaya celebrates World Wetlands Day


More than 100 students and 20 teachers from Divyashiksha Balika Gyanpeeth ; Government Primary School and Government Upper Primary School, Khargapur and K D S High School participated in the programme organized on World Wetlands Day. Principal of Divyashiksha Balika Gyanpeeth school, Shri N N Yadav gave welcome address followed by an introduction of about the programme by CEE Himalaya team. Drawing and painting competition and quiz was conducted for junior students (class 1 st -5 th ). For senior students (6 th -9 th ) a short lecture on wetlands for disaster risk reduction by Dr. Abdhesh Gangwar, Programme Director, CEE and an open quiz completion was conducted. Senior students also participated in an educational game on developing inventory of wetlands on goods and services provided by wetlands; problems associated with wetlands; wetlands present in nearby areas; birds & animals, terrestrial/aquatic/ amphibian found in wetlands; and how wetlands can be conserved and sustainably used. Students also documented the rich variety of birds and animals found in and around the wetlands, food items and other useful products obtained. Encroachment and pollution were the main problems highlighted.

The programme was successful in engaging students in learning about World Wetlands Day, threats to wetlands and various mitigation strategies. The programme concluded by vote of thanks by Trustee Shri J C Srivastav and prize distribution. Selected students were awarded prizes. They also took pledge to contribute their efforts to save wetlands.