Wetlands play a vital role and provide a multitude of benefits like purification and regulation of flows, fisheries, habitat provision to plants, animals and micro-organisms. It also creates opportunities of recreation and tourism as well as acts as shield against extreme conditions like drought and flood. Though the wetlands are reservoirs of abundant benefits, its conservation and management is often unattended. Collaboration among community and administration is pertinent for sustainable management of wetlands.

Therefore, Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) has designed a unique campaign to sensitize community about wetlands management prior to the restoration efforts. The campaign intends to make the community living along over 200 wetlands of Gujarat aware of the importance and types of wetlands as well as its management. The campaign is being done in the form of a systematic training with a specific module that addresses the importance of wetlands management at community level. The campaign which was started in January 2014 is now proceeding into its next phase and we are very excited about it!

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The training sessions are attended by members of youth groups and Panchayat’s; local leaders, SHG members, women and elders of the village. The training sessions include audio-visual tools, games and interactive sessions. In the course of training, community members get to know about wetlands and its management through a participatory approach and create a SWOT analysis on wetlands.

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Our campaign kicked off on July 10th in Sukavantda village, Aravalli district in Gujarat. Watch this space for more updates and catch us on Twitter and Facebook!

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