Andhra Pradesh

Awareness drive on marine bio-diversity

A Tree Foundation representative imparting lessons on bio-diversity using a model of turtle to schoolchildren in Nellore. Photo: K. Ravikumar   | Photo Credit: K_ RAVIKUMAR

The conservation of marine diversity has a major role to play when it comes to ensuring livelihoods of coastal communities.

In the wake of rising concerns, an awareness drive on marine eco systems was launched for students here on Saturday.

Tree Foundation, a voluntary organisation, in association with the National Bio-diversity Authority of India, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Disney Wildlife Fund, organised the marine bio-diversity conservation mela at the Sanghamitra Vidyalayam here on Saturday.

Using models of marine species, the organisers sought to create an understanding of marine life among students, besides convincing them of the need to protect the environment for its survival.

This is part of the first Annual Marine Bio-diversity Mela, named ‘Flipper Fest 2014’. Competitions were held for students in painting, essay-writing, model making and eco drama as part of the Mela.

Supraja Dharini, founder chairperson of Tree Foundation, said as many as 529 students from 28 schools participated in the Mela held in Nellore city. Ashok Kumar of the Indian Coast Guard and Sanghamitra correspondent K. Ravindra Kumar were present on the occasion.

According to environmental activists, with some awareness, future generations can be sensitised of the fact that marine species like sea turtles should be protected when they land on the seashore for nesting.


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