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The World Wetland Day 2021 was celebrated at the only Ramsar site of Tamil Nadu state Point Calimere Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagapattinam district on Feb 1st- 3rd, 2021. This year, theme was “Wetlands and Water- Inseparable and Vital for life”. This workshop was jointly organized by Tamil Nadu Forest Department and Biodiversity Conservation Foundation- India for Forest Guards, Anti-poaching watchers (APW), field staffs and rangers. The inaugural speech was delivered by Thiru. S. Kalanithi IFS, District Forest Officer, Nagapattinam District on Feb 1st 2021. The inauguration was done on by Mr. S. Ramasubramanian IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Tiruchirappalli Forest Circle. He spoke about “Wetland and water with special reference to birds conservation”. Followed by the talk, a field session was organized for the uniform staffs.

The inaugural speech was delivered by Thiru. S. Kalanithi IFS, District Forest Officer, Nagapattinam District on Feb 1st 2021.

On Feb 2nd, Dr. Balachander, Deputy Director, BNHS Mumbai shared his views on “Role of Wetlands for Migratory Birds Conservation”. He talked about the decline in migratory birds arrival over the five decades and he stressed on the various types of threats and conservation strategies of migratory birds.

Dr. V Sai Saraswathi from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore gave a talk on “Importance of Wetlands and their Ecosystem Services with respect to water”. She gave a detailed insight about Ramsar Convention treaty and the criteria of announcing a wetland as Ramsar site and, also explained about various ecosystem services provided by inland and coastal wetlands.

On Feb 3rd, there was a panel discussion with the book authors about “Birds in the Protected Areas of Tamil Nadu State, A Synchronized census report 2018-2020” headed by Dr. A Kumaraguru, Conservation scientist and Honorary Wildlife Warden, TNFD. He gave a detailed lecture about lack of baseline database in the state on documenting various species found across the protected areas. He also added that field staffs should get updated on the various scientific approaches used for documenting wildlife and highlighted in transferring the knowledge to the younger generation. To encourage the uniformed staffs, Helms’ handbook on Birds in Indian Subcontinent was given to staffs for their outstanding performance in their cader.

All arrangements were done by Mr. V. Kumaresan, Forest Range Officer, Vedaranyam. Vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. S. Satheesh Kumar, Forester and workshop was concluded with a feedback session. Village Forest Council Members and Point Calimere Eco-Development

Committee members also participated in the workshop. Certificates and books for participants were also distributed.

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