Staff Reporter

Aim is to provide common platform for research teams

THRISSUR: A two-day national conference on wetland biodiversity will be held at the St Aloysius College, Elthuruthu near here from February 2. `Biodiversity documentation,' `conservation strategies,' `wetlands and society,' `tourism promotion,' `aquaculture,' `coastal mangroves,' `wetland policies' and `wetland hydrology' will be the themes of the different sessions to be held as part of the conference.

The conference, organised by the Department of Zoology of the college, in collaboration with the Limnological Association of Kerala and Indian Association of Aquatic Biologists, aims at providing a common platform for the research teams working in this area, from different parts of the country.

According to a communication received here on Monday from organising secretary of the conference P.R. Verghese about 70 papers will be presented at the conference and 150 scientists have already registered.

The conference is being organised as a prelude to the global meet on the same topic to be held in Jaipur in 2007. Recalling that there has been rapid growth in the wetland studies in the recent periods, the communication said the inclusion of three Kerala wetlands under the Ramsar sites have increased the interest in the studies in this area in the State.