Navi Mumbai Environment Preservation Society continued its annual World Wetland Day (WWD) celebrations with an event conducted at the Delhi Public School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India on Saturday, 28th Jan 2017.
This was the fourth year in succession that NMEPS had organized WWD events and the event continued to grow in popularity with top Government Officials, including the Additional Commissioner of the city’s Municipal Corporation and prominent Forest Department and NGO officials attending it. More importantly, this year saw over 400 students from 27 schools enthusiastically participated in the event.
Prominent activities conducted during the event were –
- A Painting competition on the theme of Preservation of Wetlands that saw more than 90 young participants
- Final rounds of an Environment Quiz conducted in many schools of the city, where students vied for the Navi Mumbai Green Gladiator trophy
- Inspiring presentations by 3 schools on “What they can do to preserve wetlands in Navi Mumbai”
- NMEPS presentations by the President, on its various initiatives including successes and challenges. Specifically, the highlighted the alarm raised by a recent State Government order that it intended to develop Regional Park including a golf course and residential buildings in wetlands which were earlier classified as No Development Zones.
- Presentations and speeches by Government officials and NGOs on the way forward, with a specific focus on issues faced by Navi Mumbai. Young students gave insightful presentations on the topic “What can I do to preserve wetlands in Navi Mumbai”
All participants pledged to work together with renewed energy to preserve Navi Mumbai’s wetlands and mangrove forests. The event ended with prize distributions for students, happy memories, and increased awareness of the need to preserve the environment.