Navi Mumbai Environment Preservation Society continued its annual World Wetland Day (WWD) celebrations with an event conducted in the Delhi Public School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India on Saturday, 03rd February 2018.

This was the fifth year in succession that NMEPS had organized WWD event and the event continued to grow in popularity with Navi Mumbai Schools, officials of NMMC, Forest Department, local citizens, and NGOs. This year over 350 students from 21 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 96 young participants.
Initial rounds of an Environment Quiz were conducted in multiple schools of the city with the Preliminary round on 27.01.2018 and Final round on 03rd February 2018 where students vied for the Navi Mumbai Green Gladiator trophy.
Inspiring presentations by 4 schools on “What they can do to preserve wetlands in Navi Mumbai”.
NMEPS presentations by the President, Mr. Vinod K. Punshi, on its various initiatives including successes and challenges. Specifically, he highlighted State Government plans to develop wetlands into residential/commercial buildings and a golf course.
Presentations and speeches by Mr. D. Stalin, Project Director, Vanashakti & DPS on the way forward, with the specific focus on issues faced by Navi Mumbai. 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, birds’ habitats, and mangrove areas. The event ended with prize distribution for students, happy memories, and increased awareness of the need to preserve the environment.