Ecosystems

Wetlands are vital!

Ujani Backwaters: A blessed wetland!

The sun was slowly setting at the huge water reservoir appearing like a sea. The waters were calm with a pleasant chill in the air. The boat sailed nearer to the grassy muddy mid-lands and silently uncovered a beautiful picture, hundreds of flamingos with their slender necks pushed in feathers, egrets cautiously moving around them and an amazing reverie of Grey Heron. Suddenly flamingo flock...

Mangrove Destruction at Lokhandwala

Wetlands or Wastelands?

February 2nd is observed globally as World Wetlands Day. It was in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 that the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance – called the Ramsar Convention – was signed between several countries. A total of 169 countries have adopted this Convention so far. The Ramsar Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and...

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Wetlands: the lifeline of our cities

When was the last time you sat by a river, or a lake, and looked at its waters and marvelled at its beauty? When was the last time you rushed past a stinking river, or a stagnating lake, and closed your nose without even glancing at its dying waters? In our answers to these two questions lies the fate of our wetlands. Today, let us take...