23 Jun, 2020
Adapting to COVID-19 lockdown: Virtual Review Workshops on Wetland Assessments
As a step towards development of integrated management plans for the Ramsar sites, a series of online workshops and stakeholder consultations were organised to understand the present status and future strategies for wetland assessments.
The project organised virtual stakeholder consultations on hydrological and livelihood assessments of Point Calimere Ramsar site on 11th and 23rd June 2020. The asessements are being conducted by Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS) and Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation respectively. The meetings focused on identification of interlinkages between hydrological and livelihood assessments, essential for understanding the ecological character of the site. Inputs from Forest Department and regional experts helped in amending and strengthening the methodology in the current context, when field work is limited. These discussions identified potential sources of data and means of information sharing.
Such online workshops would continue and subsequently form the basis for establishment of institutional arrangements for integrated management, which is one of the major outcomes of the project.
Muthupet Mangroves, Point Calimere Ramsar site ©GIZ/Neha Owaisy
The Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection project aims to strengthen the institutional framework and capacities for an ecosystem-based integrated management of wetlands of international importance (Ramsar sites) in India. Four Ramsar sites have been selected as pilot sites under the project: Pong Dam and Renuka Lake in Himachal Pradesh, Bhitarkanika Mangroves in Odisha, and the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The project is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). This project is part of the International Climate Initiative(IKI). BMU supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. Read More
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