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Seminars, rallies mark World Wetlands Day

A Grey heron takes off from Sulur tank in the city on Friday.   | Photo Credit: M. Periasamy

Rallies, seminars, and workshops were organised by various organisations in the city on Friday as part of World Wetlands Day observance.

The Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education (CUBE) organised a massive cleaning programme at Singanallur lake. They planted 500 saplings on the banks of the lake, organised a cycle rally in which over 75 students of Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Vidyalaya Educational Institutions took part. On this occasion, a poster brought out by CUBE was released by Jairam Varadaraj, managing director of ELGi Equipments, in the presence of environmentalist S.P. Anbarasan.

The programme was organised by the Coimbatore Divison of the Forest Department, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, and Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Vidayalaya Educational Institutions. N. Satheesh, District Forest Officer (Coimbatore Division), and Ruban Sankar Raj, Project Director of DRDA, among others took part.

Rally taken out

NSS volunteers and students from the Departments of Computer Science, Computer Applications and Information Technology of AJK College of Arts and Science took out a rally from Women’s Polytechnic to VOC Park via Balasundaram Road as part of World Wetlands Day observance.

The rally was flagged off by Vanitha Mohan, managing trustee of Siruthuli, and R. Baskar, NSS Programme Coordinator (in charge) of Bharathiar University. Students took a pledge at the end of the rally at VOC Park ad distributed pamphlets on wetland conservation.

Special lecture

World Wetlands Day was observed at the Bharathiar University. The programme was organised by the Department of Zoology and Nature Club of the University in association with Environmental Information System (ENVIS) and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON). K. Sankar, Director of SACON, and Ram Pratap Singh, Scientist, SACON, gave special lectures. B. Vanitha, Registrar (in-charge), Bharathiar University, presided.

Western Ghats International School and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) jointly observed the World Wetlands Day at the school campus.

Landscape coordinator of WWF India in Western Ghats, Boominathan, and president of the Environment Conservation Group Mohamed Salim took part. Over 50 students were taken on a field trip to Walayar Dam and were explained about migratory birds.

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