Study to examine effective use of Kolkata’s wetlands for urban life

[] The wetlands of Kolkata, which are gradually shrinking in size, have come under the focus of a study by a joint team of the IIT-Kharagpur and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania

A joint study by IIT-Kharagpur and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will look into the increasing presence of non-biodegradable chemicals in the water of Kolkata’s endangered wetlands. “Our joint study will deliberate on what should be the role of urban planners, in a metropolitan city like Kolkata,” an IIT-KGP spokesperson said.

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At a workshop, organised by IIT-KGP and IUP recently, experts had pointed out that the East Kolkata Wetlands, a key component of Kolkata’s waste-management resilience, was facing a crisis of existence. The joint study will look at how the East Kolkata Wetlands can be effectively used, as resources for urban life, the spokesperson said.

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Regional chair for the South Asia Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Dr Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, told the workshop that the wetlands had been declared recently, as one among the most outstanding wetlands in the world, for its ability to treat waste water. “We need to raise awareness among Kolkatans about this issue,” he said. West Bengal environment minister and chairperson of the East Kolkata Wetlands Development Authority, Sovan Chatterjee said during an Environment Day function on June 5, 2017 that the government was committed to maintaining ‘the crucial balance in ecology’.

The East Kolkata Wetlands were declared a Ramsar site, under the Ramsar Convention, on August 19, 2002, Chatterjee informed. Ramsar sites (related to wetlands) comprise of wetlands that are deemed to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. According to WWF-India, wetlands are one of the most threatened of all ecosystems in India.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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