Chitwan, February 4, 2018: Club of Environmental Science Saptagandaki (CESS) organized an awareness program at Bishajari Taal (Twenty thousand Lake), Chitwan, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2018. The awareness program, conducted with the theme Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future, saw the participation of students, representative of the clubs and locals of the region.
A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. However, the modern days’ encroachment and development activities have affected the wetlands. President Resham Timalsina inaugurated the program by worshipping the wetland. Similarly, speaking in the program, lecturer Giri Raj Upadhyaya, stressed on the need of conservation of wetlands. “We are losing our wetlands day by day. Though they represent another set of the ecosystem, we have become too ignorant about it. It is our time to act and take the important step in preserving them.”
The program started with a small rally from Saptagandaki Mulitple Campus. Pamphlets with message and slogans related to wetlands were prepared. Youths and volunteers enthusiastically participated in the rally before the program at Bishajari Taal.
Every year, February 2 is celebrated as World Wetlands Day to mark the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands i.e 2 February 1971. CESS has been organizing these types of programs regularly since 2014. “It helps to increase the level of understanding and highlight the importance of wetlands in ecosystem among the local people,” president Timalsena shared.
By: Ashtha Lamsal