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The Asian Wetland Symposium 2005


Asian Wetland Symposium 2005 The Asian Wetland Symposium 2005 - innovative approaches to sustainable livelihood, held between 6-9 February 2005, in Bhubaneswar and Chilika, Orissa state, India, has successfully concluded.

Read the Chilika Statement. The symposium brought together about 400 people from 32 countries from the region and elsewhere. The meeting was organised by the Ramsar Centre, Japan, Chilika Development Authority, Department of Forest & Environment, Government of Orissa, Department of Environment & Forests of Government and India, and Wetlands International. Technical sessions covered a wide range of important issues, including: Wise Use, Capacity Building and Education, Innovative Partnership and Networking for Wetland Conservation, Cultural Values of Wetlands as Engine for Sustainable Livelihood and Community-based Management of the Wetland Ecosystem. A special session on tsunami and the coastal ecosystem was organised following the 26 December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of South and Southeast Asia. The tsunami meeting is the first regional meeting to bring together governments, experts and organisations from the region to review the impact on people’s livelihoods and coastal wetlands, covered a range of issues and identify future actions. The meeting identified a range of recommendations. Download here. A side event on a range of issues on Chilika Lagoon and a workshop on Training Needs Assessment organised by Wetlands International and CDA provided further opportunities for useful interaction and discussion. The symposium was strongly supported by a range of agencies and institutions including Japan International Cooperation Agency, Ministry of the Environment of Government of Japan, Foundation of Hokkaido River Disaster Prevention Research Centre, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Indian National Aluminium Company Ltd., Tata Steel, Institute of Global Environment Strategies, Ricoh Company Ltd, Sekisui Chemicals, Co Ltd, JK Paper Ltd. India, Indian Bank, State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Paradeep Phosphate Ltd. and others. Report and images by Taej Mundkur, Wetlands International Dr. Max Finlayson, President Wetlands International lights the ceremonial lamp at the Asian Wetland Symposium, looking on are Dr. C.L. Trisal, Director, Wetlands International-South Asia, Dr. Ajit Pattnaik, CEO Chilika Development Authority, Mr. Subhash Pani, Chief Secretary, Government of Orissa, Mr. Suresh Chandra, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, Ms. Reiko Nakamura, Secretary General Ramsar Centre Japan, and Mr. Aurobindo Behera, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, F&E, Government of Orissa (from left to right) Dr. Ajit Pattnaik addressing the opening ceremony A representative of the Chilika fisherman association addressing the plenary session on the importance of Chilika for subsistence fisheries A powerful Odissi dance performance on the tsunami brought home the pain and suffering of people affected by such natural disasters Ms. Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International addresses the opening of the Special Session on Tsunami and Coastal Ecosystems; Dr. Lei Guanchun, Senior Advisor Asia/Pacific, Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Faizal Parish, Director, Global Environment Centre, Ms. Meena Gupta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, Dr. Max Finlayson and Ms. Reiko Nakamura (from left to right) Mr. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Orissa State releases the souvenir at the valedictory ceremony Dr. Sundari Ramakrishna, Director, Wetlands International, Malaysia reading out the Chilika Statement at the valedictory ceremony Ms. Meena Gupta summarising the outcomes of the Tsunami Session at the valedictory ceremony

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