About the Conference

Given the historical, archaeological and ecological significance of Bhoj Wet Land, the government of Madhya Pradesh is organizing an international conference to showcase the efforts made by various agencies to conserve Bhoj Wetland. Efforts are being made to invite not only scientists, but also policy makers, people's representatives, resource managers and catchment stakeholders to the conference. The interactions among this diverse audience will result in a wider discussion, with the goal to connect upstream perspective with downstream approach to solve the isssues related to lakes and wetlands' catchment.

Conference Objectives

The objective of this conference is to bring together experts associated with wetland and lake conservation and their habitats, with the underlying goal of establishing a basis for developing multidisciplinary solutions to multidisciplinary issues. The conference is conceived as an opportunity for expression of cross-sectoral concerns wherein experts from academia, government, international donor agencies, civil society, practitioners, public and private enterprises will exchange their experiences on how to optimize wise use and sustainable management of wetlands, lakes and their basins. Also it will provide an opportunity to learn from the varied and rich experiences of international community to evolve an effective strategy to maintain ecological integrity and ensure wise use of Bhoj Wetland.

Organized by:-

  • Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • Department of Housing and Environment
  • Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization
  • State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change

Conference Themes

1. Ecology and Science of Lakes & Wetlands

  • Lake Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation
  • Urban and agricultural water usage
  • Water usage for Fisheries, Recreational and Industrial purposes
  • Eutrophication, nutrient loads and dynamics of wetlands
  • Producers / Consumers and Harmful algal booms
  • Pollution control and Bio - monitoring
  • Recent trends in wetland monitoring
  • Remote sensing, GIS and Mapping, Modelling of Lakes

2. Lakes & Wetlands - Conservation and Management

  • National policy framework
  • Perspective from Sub - National levels
  • Policy and Regulatory aspects of Wetland Management
  • Payment for ecosystem services - Examples in wetland conservation

3. Climate Change and Lakes & Wetlands

  • Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystem
  • Impacts of climate change on Socioeconomics and livelihoods
  • Lakes & Wetlands - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation strategies

4. Lakes & Wetlands of Madhya Pradesh

  • Bhoj Wetland - Past, Present and Future
  • Policy environment for Conservation of Lakes & Wetlands
  • Case Studies of other important Lakes & Wetlands of MP

5. Wetlands and Agriculture - Opportunities and Limitations

  • Wetland and agriculture practices - Understanding intrinsic relationship
  • Wetlands , Agricultural practices and Food security
  • Alternative models for livelihoods in catchments

6. Lakes & Wetlands - Human Connections

  • Socio - cultural, artistic and archaeological aspects and impacts
  • Religious / spiritual aspects and impacts
  • Ecotourism
  • Education and public awareness
Conference Schedule

Day 1-14th Feb 2014
9.00 AM Registration
9.30 AM Inaugural Session- Floral Welcome of Guest and Dignitaries
               Welcome speech
               Conference background and Keynote address
               Address of the Chief Guest
               Vote of thanks
11.00 AM High Tea
11.30 AM Thematic Session 1: Ecology and Science of Lakes & Wetlands
 Keynote address by the Session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
1.30 PM Lunch
2.30 PM Thematic Session 2:Lakes & Wetlands - Conservation and Management
       Keynote address by the Session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
4.00 PM Tea
4.15 PM Thematic Session 3: Climate Change and Lakes & Wetlands
       Keynote address by the session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
5.30 PM Closing Remarks and Conference related announcement
7.00 PM Conference Reception and Dinner

Day 2-15th Feb 2014
7.00 AM Guided tour of Bhoj Wetland (Optional)
               Arrival at the conference venue by 10.30 AM
10.30 AM Thematic Session 4: Lakes & Wetlands of Madhya Pradesh
         Keynote address by the session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
1.00 PM Lunch
2.00 PM Thematic Session 5: Wetlands and Agriculture: Opportunities & Limitations
               Keynote address by the session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
3.30 PM Tea
4.00 PM Thematic Session 6: Lakes & Wetlands - Human Connections
       Keynote address by the session Chair - Followed by paper presentations
5.30 PM Closing Remarks and Conference related information

Day 3-16th Feb 2014
8.00 AM Excursion to Sanchi and / or Bhimbetka (UNESCO Heritage Sites)
for invited Speakers and Delegates
2.00 PM Lunch and Departures

Contact -
Lokendra Thakkar
Coordinator
International Conference on Lakes & Wetlands
Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization
Paryavaran Parisar, E-5 Arera Colony, Bhopal, M.P. India
Telephone- 91 755 2466859, 2460255, Fax - 91 755 2462136,
Email - iclw@epco.in, lokendrathakkar@yahoo.com, lokendra@epco.in
Website - www.epco.in

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