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                       What should a common man do to save our wetlands?

Public can help for protection and preservation of wetlands and other vital ecosystems only if they know about their significance.  We should: 

  • Be aware and make others aware about the values, functions, uses and attributes of such ecosystems.

  • Create local database for information on wetlands, wildlife, natural resources and endangered, rare and vulnerable species.  Particularly learn about local species.

  • Avoid unnecessary environmental damage.

  • Create and support local conservation groups and discourage poaching activities.  Joining conservation groups would help you learn more about local, regional and global wetlands issues.

  • Enhance public consciousness by carrying environmental conservation messages amongst colleagues, friends, neighbours and relatives.

  • Take care of the plants and plant more trees & shrubs.  Protect wildlife habitats.

  • Learn about man and biosphere relations, role of man for environmental management.  Also learn about ecosystems and sustainability.

  • Reduce pressure on natural sources of water by suitably recycling and reusing waste waters.

  • Monitor local water systems to ensure they are not misused, polluted and used as sinks for waste.

  • Keep vigilant for new projects in your area and ask about possible pollution of the environment.  Also enquire about protective measures.  This will help in preserving the sensitive habitats.

  • Understand and make others to understand the threats, visible or invisible, direct or indirect, manmade or natural that may lead to the degradation and loss of such habitats.

  • Teach others what you know about natural ecosystems.

  • Take time to visit and explore the functions and the contribution of wetlands towards human well being.

  • Ask yourself and others about the significance of wetlands for humans and other living beings and what benefits you/they have been and are deriving from the resource.

  • Try to learn about the birds including migratory waterfowl that have been inhabiting the areas a couple of decades ago and are seen now.  Explore the reasons for change.

  • Learn about the source of water, status of biological resources, etc. in the area.

  • Resolve to find out ways and means and to involve one and all for conservation, protection and improvement of the habitat for you and other living beings including migratory waterfowl.

  • Do not throw hazardous chemicals and solid wastes into water bodies.  This may endanger sensitive flora, fauna and even the human populations dependant on the water body.

  • Do not litter and defecate along water courses.  Major population of Punjab and adjoining states is dependant on surface water sources for drinking water.

  • Do not burn agrowastes- this could cause acid rains that may then cause irreparable and unaccountable loss and damage to the terrestrial as well as aquatic flora and fauna.

  • Learn and make others to learn about our environmental obligations for securing safe and enjoyable surroundings for our descendants.

Do, whatever possible to restore the pristine glory of the ecosystems for the coming generations?

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