NMEPS had organized “Seminar on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2016” on the 30th Jan 2016 at Delhi Public School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India where 16 Navi Mumbai Schools including Special schools participated along with the Forest Department of the State of Maharashtra, Government of India.

The event aimed at spreading awareness of the importance of mangroves and the need to save mangrove forests in the city of Navi Mumbai for future generations.

Nearly 250 students/teachers from 16 Navi Mumbai Schools and one CHS participated. Total of 19 schools / CHS sent shortlisted paintings for the final display & judgment. 16 standees of the Forest Dept. were put up and these were appreciated by the participants. The paintings were judged by a panel consisting of Ms. Anindita Roy, Ms. Archana Jain & Ms. Sudha Punshi. Prizes were distributed in two categories – Special & General schools. The prizes were 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 9 consolations for General schools and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & one consolation for the special schools.

The talks by Mr. Vasudevan, CCF, Mr. Ankush Chavan, Addl. Comm. NMMC, Dr Anjali Parasnis, Associate Director, TERI and Mr. Stalin, Vanashakti were appreciated by all as topical & relevant. The opportunity was taken to facilitate the Mumbai Mangroves Conservation Unit (MMCU) consisting of Mr. Sanjay Mali, Mr. M. Ghodke & Ms. Seema Adgaonkar for the good work done to preserve the wetlands/mangroves and remove encroachments in Navi Mumbai area.

The President congratulated all members and volunteers who helped in organizing the event. President further mentioned that Mr. J Mohanty, Principal DPS and his staff provided excellent administrative & logistics support.