SAVAE for protection of Wetlands

Hokarsar Wetland at Srinagar, Kashmir

Environmental body, South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists (SAVAE), urged upon the governments of South Asian nations and the people of the region to join hands in our collective bid to protect the wetlands and environment. Marking World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2019, the SAVAE executive council met in Srinagar, Kashmir over the anniversary of the historic signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar in 1971.

In a statement issued, SAVAE underpinned the fact that the environment and ecology of this region have been massively degraded in the recent decades more so during the past decade.

“One of the abysmal indicators of this environmental degradation is the recent destructive flood which is mainly attributed to the destruction of the environment through lack of proper policies,” said Gousiya Hussain, board member of SAVAE.

In a memorandum, Gousiya urged Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Joyce Msuya head, United Nations Environment Programme and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education to proactively focus on all countries of South Asian region as it inhabits a staggering 1,891,454,121 people.

SAVAE emphatically appealed the people in general and government and civil society groups in particular, to make full use of global events like world wetlands days and other significant events to renew their pledge of protecting the environment. The organisation has also appealed the international Secretariat of Ramsar to impress upon the government of India to protect the wetlands of Kashmir.

This year’s World Wetlands Day under the theme of “Wetlands and Climate Change” highlights the importance of healthy and intact wetlands to one of the most pressing challenges of our times: climate change.

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