Guwahati, Oct. 14 (ANI): The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently held an environmental awareness camp to protect Guwahati's famous wetland, Deepor Beel, which is a part of the Asian Wetland Directory, and has been declared a Ramsar site in 2002.
"We need to preserve and protect this beautiful wetland because many migratory birds come here from November to March. But the number has been decreasing. So, it's time for us to think. All the students and teachers from this school have put in efforts. Now is the time that we have to spread this awareness programme and see that it is conserved," said Archita Baruah, Programme Officer of the WWF.
To spread awareness about the need to protect the wetland and stress on the harmful impact of using plastic, WWF aimed to point out the impact of continuous human interference and pollution levels on the deteriorating condition of the wetland to school children.
Students from Sankardev Niketan participated in the camp and raised awareness through songs, folk dances and slogans, and stressed on the pivotal need of heightening environmental consciousness.
"We should conserve the environment. We should not throw garbage and plastic bags into the river water. The public should be made aware to keep the environment clean," Jharna Begum, a student, said.
Situated in Kamrup District of Assam, the Deepor Beel is one of the most famous wetlands of the region, and is home to several species of birds.
About 122 species of seasonal, migratory and residential birds visit the Deepor Beel every year.
This large water body also houses a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, insects and tree species.
Owing to frequent killing of birds, unchecked fishing and encroachment, it has become imperative to take necessary steps for its protection. (ANI)