Focus on water bodies and measure to improve their conditions
SOCLEEN has always been an organization working and committed to creating cleaner, greener and pollution free environment in and around Vadodara. This time again they comes up with same initiative of conserving and preservation of wetlands and helping environment by making best use of water bodies and cleaning the same.
A conference regarding the same topic has been organized by them on 8th of February, Saturday in Vadodara. The dignitaries invited for the event are Jaydratsinhji Parmar, Minister of Environment, Governnment of Gujarat, who will be the chief guest, Bittu Sehgal, Environmentalist and Editor of Sanctuary Asia, Mumbai who is going to deliver a keynote address for the event, Dr. B.N Navalawala, Advisor to the Chief Minister on Water Resources, Government of Gujarat and Mayor of Vadodara Dr. Jigeeshaben Sheth.
The United Nations has declared 2nd of February as World Wetland Day since 1997. They define wetlands as all the water bodies around the globe, and that mean a land consisting of marshes and swamp. UN Secretary- General Ban- Ki Moon once quoted “There is no ‘Plan B’, because we do not have a ‘Planet B’. We have to work and galvanize our action.”
Supporting his statement on sustainable development Dr. Sanjay Pandit, Vice President of SOCLEEN managing committee said “What we can do is important for our water bodies and how can we improve their condition and take action for the same is more important.” He further said SOCLEEN believes in scientific solutions resulting in sustainable development, rather than fighting or taking out rallies for the same.
Dr. Sanjay Pandit also said they have started the practical actions for their campaign in Dumad village, on 2nd of February on World Wetland Day, where they have adopted first among other villages of Vadodara district by cleaning the pond and area around with help of 100 volunteers of the village itself and collected 85 kg of plastic while cleaning. Around 1.8 tons of plastic was collected, which was reused for making 12 garden benches and again the amount while selling was given to the gram panchayat of the village itself. They have also targeted primary and 50 government schools from 8 villages for their campaign. They are working on the same by recent theme of the UN on wetland which is “Wetland And Biodiversity.”
The event is going to be held in two technical sessions. The first session would be held by Dr. Sanskruti Majumdar and Dr. Deepa Gavali who would give understanding of ground water scenario and suggested method of recharge along with wetland of Vadodara and water resourse management.
The second session will have 3 case studies in form of success stories from India that is from Chennai, Pune and Vadodara discussed by Arun Krishnamurthy, Manish Ghorpode and Animesh Joshi, Mahavirsinh Mahida, Manthan Chudasma and Rajesh Suthar respectively. The Vadodara western railway station being one of the biggest western railway station, where a lot of water is used and many a times wasted. A research paper on how it can be reused in form of case studies will also be discussed in the event by SOCLEEN.
Organizations and industries like Larsen and Tubro, Linde, have given a good support to the event and also the campaign by SOCLEEN.