Wetland News

30 July 2017

International Network on Limnology of Drylands

The International Network on Limnology of Drylands  is a network of individuals and institutions for promoting the study and conservation of aquatic ecosystems in the world’s arid and semiarid regions through the multidisciplinary integration. It is recognised as a Working Group of SIL. The CIWSA has joined the Network as a partner.

Prof. Luciana Gomes Barbosa
Chaiperson, Dryland Limnology Working Group (INLD)
Laboratory of Limnology
Federal University of Paraíba
Paraíba, Brazil
Email: lgomesbarbosa@gmail.com


3 February 2017

World Wetland Day Observed in Chhattisgarh
On the occasion of the World Wetland Day (2 February 2017), a 2-day Workshop (2-3 February) was organised by the State Planning Commission, Govt of Chhattisgarh, jointly with the National Institute of Ecology and the Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur. A report on the Workshop can be downloaded here    Final World Wetland Day 2017-Report

Four Wetland Briefs on for important wetland areas namely, Lotus Fields-Dhamtari;  Ratanpur Wetland Complex; Dalpatsagar (Bastar) and Kotumsar Karst Wetland which are potential Ramsar sites were published along with a Brief Report on Status of Wetlands and Policy Perspectives in Chhattisgarh. The publications can be downloaded from the library on this website.

The most positive outcome of the Workshop was the setting up of a State Wetland Authority in the Chhattisgarh State and a focus on wetlands by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Raman Sngh ji, in his monthly Radio address to the people.

The Radio talk (18th episode of Raman ke Goth) can be accessed in Hindi/ Local language at

8 June 2015

The National Institute of Ecology (NIE), India, recently concluded a one year capacity building project  entitled “Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change” funded by APN through its Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE). At a workshop held in New Delhi on 8 June, a policy brief, along with five biodiversity posters and a draft guideline for rapid assessment of wetland biodiversity, were formally released by Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Education.

Wetlands provide a variety of important ecosystem functions such as recharging groundwater supplies and trapping floodwaters in addition to facilitating nutrient cycling and the production of rice and fish as staple food  but are getting degraded or lost in recent decades—due to rapid urbanisation and lack of attention given to them in the development plans.

The policy brief centres around the key message that conservation of wetlands with the objective of protecting their biodiversity, specific biophysical characteristics and obtaining optimum benefits (ecosystem goods and services) requires a major shift in policies related to land and water use. It also emphasises the need to assess and value in economic terms the ecosystem services from wetlands particularly addressing the benefits to the local community and their livelihoods.

Download a copy:  PolicyBrief-Wetlands

For Photographs from the Workshop check APN-BES-Brief-a:

5 December 2014

The Database of the Network individuals interested in any inland aquatic ecosystem, and especially for the Wetlands Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is now accessible for joining by the interested researchers and practitioners. More information can be found on the Network page under ‘About’ and individuals can register directly from the homepage. The data form will be accessible only after registration and verification of the email ID.

November 23, 2014
The National Institute of Ecology (NIE), in collaboration with the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore, the School of Science, Kathmandu University, Nepal, and Conservation Sciences India, New Delhi, is implementing a project on Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change with financial support from the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change research (APN-GCR), Japan.
Three Capacity Building Workshops of 3 days each will be organised at Kolkata (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam) and Kathmandu (Nepal) as per schedule given below.

Kolkata (India):              19-21 February 2015
Guwahati (India):            23-25 February 2015
Kathmandu (Nepal):       12-14 March 2015
A detailed announcement and application form can be downloaded from the ‘Training’ pages of this site.
LAST DATE for applications: 31 December 2014

January 9, 2014:
The IUCN, in collaboration with Chilika Development Authority,  organized an International Wor
kshop on “Wetland Governance in South Asia: Issues & Options” in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India during 5-7 January 2014. The Workshop was organized as a part of the IUCN’s project “Ecosystems for Life – A Bangladesh-India initiative”.

August 9, 2014:
NPCA Guidelines Discussed with Stakeholders.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is implementing a National Programme on Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) b merging into one the earlier National Lake Conservation Programme (NLCP) and the National Wetland Conservation Programme.  Accordingly, revised Guidelines are being developed for the NPCA, with the help of Wetlands International South Asia. The Draft Guidelines were discussed at a one day Consultation Meeting of experts and representatives of the state government and several international organisations.

August 9, 2014:
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has initiated design of a 5-year national project on wetland ecosystem services and biodiversity under the Global Environment Facility. It will supplement the National Programme on Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) through interventions in the areas of knowledgebase development, capacity building and integrated site management, with an overall objective of enhancing management effectiveness of wetlands in the country. The project is being prepared by Wetlands International South Asia who organized, jointly with the Ministry, in New Delhi, a one day consultation meeting with state government representatives and experts.

New positions of Research Fellows


Applications are invited for the position of TWO Research Fellows for a short-term project (until April 2015) on the Economics of Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of River Ken which is supported by GIZ, New Delhi and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi, under the TEEB-India Initiative.

The interdisciplinary study of the Ken River involves extensive field work throughout the river basin in M.P. and U.P., and requires collection of field data on biodiversity (all major groups), river ecology (incl. hydrology), fisheries, agriculture and other landuse, local communities, ecotourism through various methods including PRA and questionnaire surveys.

Young researchers must have a minimum of Master’s degree in ecology, environmental science, agriculture, sociology, economics and similar disciplines relevant to the scope of the project, and an aptitude and ability for intensive field work. Those with a Ph.D. degree or 2-year research experience will be preferred. Selected candidates will be required to stay in/near Khajuraho and will receive a fellowship of Rs 16,000 to Rs 20,000 per month (fixed) depending upon qualification and experience.

Interested researchers are requested to submit their applications with full C.V. and experience (without any testimonials)
by email only to     ciwsa.nie@gmail.com   latest by 17 August 2014

Selected candidates will be required to appear for interview at Khajuraho (M.P.) at their own expense in the last week of August 2014.

River News

Ganga Manthan

New Delhi, 8 July 2014:
The National Mission for Clean Ganga under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, organized a one day stake holder consultation on issues related to River Ganga and its rejuvenation, in New Delhi on 7 July 2014. The stakeholder included Technocrats, Administrators, scientists, Environmentalists, NGOs, Spiritual leaders from different religions, and public representatives. The consultation Plenary sessions were addressed among others by Sushri  Uma Bharati (Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) and  Sri Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for Transport and Highways). One of the four thematic groups discussed Environmental issues under the chairmanship of Justice Giridhar Malaviya (grandson of late Sri Madan Mohan Malaviya). Dr Brij Gopal was one of the panelists. A summary of his statement made there is attached here.

The National Institute of Ecology released an Information Leaflet on River Ganga for general public. Download it here.


The Executive Committee of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) has approved the formation of a Working Group on Inland Waters of Tropical Asia within SIL. The details of the Working Group are available on http://www.aquaticecosystems.org/

All individuals interested in any aspect of any inland aquativ ecosystem throughout Asia are welcome to join the Working Group. There is NO membership fee.



Lake News

The 17th World Lake Conference


The 17th World Lake Conference is scheduled to take place in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan during October 15-19, 2018.

For details visit : http://www.ilec.or.jp/en/wlc/new/?p=4338

OR download the First Circular WLC17-1st-Announcement





Bhopal (India): 14-15 February 2014
The State Government’s Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation organized an International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands, with support from ILEC, WI-SA, IUCN, UNESCO, MOEF and other organisations.  The Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh inaugurated the Conference.