Virtual review workshops on wetland assessments: Point Calimere

02 Sep, 2020

As a step towards development of integrated management plans for the project pilot Ramsar sites, an online workshop and stakeholder consultation were organised to understand and review the present status and discuss the future course of action for the ongoing wetland assessments.

Review workshop on hydro-ecological and livelihood-ecosystem interdependencies assessments of Point Calimere Ramsar site, being conducted by Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS) and Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation respectively, was held on September 1-2, 2020. KITS discussed the shoreline vulnerability, land use land cover change, groundwater quality and rainfall pattern analysis for the wetland site, while DHAN presented their findings about wetland-dependent livelihoods including fishing, salt production, aquaculture and agriculture. Site managers (Wildlife Warden, Nagapattinam and District Forest Officer, Thiruvarur of Tamil Nadu Forest Department), experts, Wetlands International South Asia (WISA), and the GIZ project team participated in the workshop and gave their inputs for improving the assessments and collaborating to share the necessary data with the assessment agencies. The workshop also discussed the interlinkages between hydrological and livelihood assessments, essential for understanding the wetland ecological character and its management.

Aquaculture farms are spread across the Point Calimere wetland©GIZ/Neha Owaisy


About the project

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 the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in close cooperation with the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA). This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. Read More

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