Urban Lakes & Wetlands
25 – 27 Jun 2014
The course aims to provide an understanding of the lake eco-system, the analysis and diagnosis of problems associated with it and the methods of remediation for maintaining a healthy lake eco-system.
Lack of understanding of the lake eco-system is leading to the decline of lakes falling in our urban areas. Lakes bring the joys of nature to urbanites, other than providing recreational and psychological relief, acting as biodiversity habitats as well as groundwater recharge zones. Today, these lakes are highly polluted eyesores, often emitting foul odour, and while vast sums are spent on their beautification the core issue of lake management remains a puzzle to the stakeholders.
The course will explore the phenomena of lakes and wetlands in a wider urban context. How are these natural water bodies formed and transformed over time? These wetlands are being destroyed at an alarming rate throughout the developed and developing worlds. We will understand some of the crucial values and properties of urban lakes and wetlands and discuss approaches to their conservation and protection. Wetland management, as the applied side of wetland science, requires an understanding of the scientific aspects of wetlands. With rapid urbanisation, more land area is developed around present urban agglomerations as well as new areas are urbanised to accommodate larger populations moving out of rural areas. The discussion will highlight critical threats and challenges to the wetlands in the wake of rapid urban development. We will explore some of the key approaches for the conservation and management of urban lakes and wetlands. A specially designed field visit on the final day will help illustrate this broader understanding, conservation and management of this natural heritage.
Upon completion of this course the participants –
develop an understanding of the phenomenon of lakes and wetlands.
explore critical aspects of lake ecology – physical, chemical and biological
develop an understanding of urban wetlands and examine some of the key implications of urbanization.
get introduced to the issues, challenges and approaches to the conservation and management of urban lakes.
start thinking critically about the present and future of lakes and wetlands in an urban context.
The course will be taught by staff at INTACH and invited guest speakers on specific aspects of the course.
INTACH Natural Heritage Division
Course fee: Rs. 3000.00 (Indian nationals), US $ 200.00 (Foreign nationals)
For Government Officials – Rs. 7,500.00
This includes registration fee, delegate pack, any handouts for the course, refreshments & lunches on two days (except on field visit) and an all-day field visit.
20 % less for INTACH members and employees
30 % less for full-time students