To mark the World Wetland Day 2015 on 2nd February 2015, which was a Monday, NMEPS organized a programme on Saturday 31st January 2015 along with the Forest Dept. in the mangroves forest in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. It was primarily meant for school children and 12 Navi Mumbai schools, including Special schools, participated. The participants gathered on Palm Beach road and walked about 700 meters into the mangroves forest.
Over 200 people participated including 150 school children. The programme was jointly organised by Forest Dept (Mangroves Cell) & NMEPS. The Chief Guest was Mr. N Vasudevan, CCF Mangroves Cell. The Forest Dept put up 16 standees with posters and their experts explained the importance of mangroves to the participants. A Painting competition was also organized for the Navi Mumbai schools. Each school submitted 3 paintings and these shortlisted paintings were displayed at the event venue and judged by Mr. Vasudevan & Mrs. Sudha Punshi, a renowned artist. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7 consolation prizes were given. In addition, all participants were given certificates & the schools a memento.
The opportunity was taken to facilitate Mr Vivek Masal, ACP Turbe Division, who has been promoted & transferred to Mumbai. He had been a great help to NMEPS in its activities. A special plaque with a citation was presented to him.
The function went off well and the President congratulated all members and volunteers who helped in organizing the event. NMEPS thanked Mr & Mrs. Vasudevan for gracing the event and the support provided by Forest Dept & the Navi Mumbai Police. The President also thanked Dr Dhiren Pania, Advisor NMEPS, who specially came for the event and explained the importance of mangroves Ecosystem to the participants.