The forest department organised a bird watching festival at Surajpur wetland for college students in Noida on the event of World Wetlands Day on February 2.
The aim of the occasion, which was attended by the district Justice of the Peace, the commissioner of police, nationwide cadet corps cadets and students from metropolis colleges, was to introduce students to numerous kinds of birds discovered within the metropolis in addition to improve consciousness about conservation of wetlands. Forest officers stated the theme of the occasion was ‘It’s time for wetland restoration’.
“Wetlands are an essential habitat for a number of bird species, many bugs and reptiles. It is very important preserve these watershed areas for the a number of advantages they supply to the general atmosphere,” stated district Justice of the Peace Suhas LY.
Commissioner of police Laxmi Singh stated the police department will present assist in managing encroachments on and round such areas.
There are greater than 743 wetlands in Gautam Budh Nagar, in line with the newest knowledge collected by the forest department in 2015 by way of on-line mapping, and efforts are underway to protect them, stated officers. Nonetheless, there have been as soon as 1,200 wetlands within the district, in line with knowledge, however many of those now have everlasting encroachments over them.
“We commonly preserve a monitor of those wetlands and guarantee periodic cleansing. A few of these have been encroached upon. It will be significant that we proceed consciousness drives so that individuals know concerning the significance of protecting the wetlands clear and preserved,” stated P Ok Srivastava, divisional forest officer.
Nonetheless, birders and consultants stated such occasions are an eyewash if efforts will not be made to preserve bird habitats resembling wetlands.
“Wetland conservation is essential however that doesn’t imply beauty gardening. True conservation occurs when nature is left undisturbed. The bird rely at Okhla bird sanctuary has been lowering over time,” stated Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist.