The World Wetland Day 2024 celebration, hosted by ICAR-CIFRI, began with a warm welcome extended to the guests and fish farmers by Dr. B.K. Das, Director of ICAR-CIFRI. In his opening address, Dr. Das briefly introduced the institute's achievements in wetland fisheries development. Dr. Sandeep Behera, Sr. Consultant, Biodiversity,NMCG mentioned about the genesis and purpose of wetland day celebration and mentioned about the importance of wetlands. He also praised the achievement and role of CIFRI in wetland fisheries development and conservation. Proj. (Dr.) B.B. Jana, University of Kalyani also praised CIFRI's accomplishments in wetland development and emphasized the critical role of wetlands in sustaining human well-being. Prof. (Dr) Ashis Kumar Panigrahi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan, WB mentioned the need for conservation of wetland and praise the role of CIFRI in wetland development at grass root level. Prof. Soma Mukherjee, HoD, Department of Environmental Science, University of Kalyani, WB highlighted the importance of wetland for human wellbeing.
Dr. Sandeep Behera, Senior Consultant, Biodiversity, NMCG, discussed the origins and significance of World Wetland Day celebration, emphasizing the importance of wetlands. He commended CIFRI for its achievements and contributions to wetland fisheries development and conservation. Prof. (Dr.) B.B. Jana from the University of Kalyani also lauded CIFRI's successes in wetland development and highlighted the pivotal role of wetlands in sustaining human well-being. Prof. (Dr.) Ashis Kumar Panigrahi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan, WB, highlighted the need for wetland conservation and praised CIFRI's grassroots-level efforts in wetland developmentProf. (Dr.) Soma Mukherjee, University of Kalyani, WB, emphasized the critical role of wetlands in promoting human well-being.Following the inaugural program, a technical session unfolded where experts from NMCG, University of Kalyani, University of Burdwan, Adamas University, Department of Fisheries, and Scientist from CIFRI delivered insightful talks on wetland conservation and sustainable utilization for human well-being.
In the technical session Dr. B.K. Das highlighted the importance of wetlands and showcased the institute's achievements in wetland fisheries development, emphasizing their positive impact on human well-being in his presentation. The technical session seamlessly transitioned into a panel discussion. Participants engaged in a thorough discussion on various issues, challenges, and proposed strategies for the sustainable development of wetlands. This exchange of ideas and experiences laid the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the intricate balance required for the coexistence of wetlands and human well-being. An integral part of the celebration was the interaction between scientists and fishers from six wetlands of West Bengal, providing an opportunity for the exchange of practical knowledge.
In support of sustainable fishing practices, Dr. Das announced the adoption of new ten wetlands by providing capacity building and fisheries input. On the same day, fishers from four wetlands received FRP Fishing boats equipped with outboard engines and CIFRI HDPE pens for enhancement of fish production in wetlands. The event not only highlighted the importance of wetlands in the context of human well-being but also served as a platform for meaningful discussions and collaborations between experts and fishers. The distribution of fishing equipment further underscored the commitment towards sustainable wetland management. The workshop concluded with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to preserving and utilizing wetlands for the betterment of both ecosystems and communities.