Bhopal| Various contests and programmes across the state will precede World Wetlands Day on February 2.
As per directives of Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, programmes will be organised at 25 water reservoirs earmarked in Ramsar Convention. The main programme of the country will be held in Bhopal. Upper Lake of Bhopal is one of the earmarked wetlands.
World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated every year on February 2 to convey the importance of wetlands and their protection to common people.
According to the executive director of Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO), Madhya Pradesh Anupam Rajan Week-long programmes beginning January 28 are being organised on this occasion.
Under the programmes around 200 students of 12 government schools will participate in a painting contest on water conservation on EPCO premises at Bhopal on January30. Best three paintings will be given cash award of Rs 3000 each. Along with this, 1500 students of 75 government schools of eco-clubs of 15 districts will participate in painting, essay and quiz contest. Each school has been given Rs 10,000 for holding of the programme.
A ‘Wetland Walk’ will be held in Van Vihar national park, Bhopal at 6 am on February 1. The walk will terminate with a presentation and discussion on lakes. Similarly, a ‘Wetland Talk’ will be held in EPCO auditorium at 4 pm on February 1. Renowned environmentalist and water expert Himanshu Thakkar will deliver a lecture on importance of wetlands, challenges and solutions.
A fine arts contest will be held in three selected government colleges in Bhopal on natural beauty of Bhopal lake. The EPCO will provide material to participants. Best three drawings will be given cash prize of Rs 5000 each.
Based on Upper Lake of Bhopal, a photography contest will be organised on January 31 by EPCO. Professional and amateur photographers can participate in the contest without any charge. Each participant can submit maximum two entries to EPCO office by January 31. Rs. 25,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 cash prizes will be given to the first three entries in both the categories.
A national workshop on wetland issue will be held on February 2 in which senior officers of union ministry of environment, scientists and subject experts will participate. Exhibition of paintings and photographs will be held there. Detail information about the programme is available on www.epco.in and www.climatechangeportal.mp.gov.in, as per an official release.
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