Conference Proceeding

Floating Island: Ensuring Sustainability of Agriculture Wetland Ecosystem

Dr. Shailesh Kumar Singh

Wetland ecosystems are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend on survival. Kanjli is one of the wetland in Punjab that was considered significantly important and thus included under Ramsar convention. Kanjli wetland, situated at31°25’N, 075°22’E covering 183ha area was added in the Ramsar list on 22nd January 2002 as site number 1160 criteria 3 with the support of WWF’s living waters program. The wetland site is degrading at geometric progression rate due to accidental outflows of pollutants from industries, inflow of fertilizers as runoff from agricultural fields and sewage from towns. Invasion and growth of weeds in the wetland area is also a cause of concern. The removal of metals, such as copper and zinc from wetland has been identified as a priority. The study primarily aims at sustainable utilization of lake resources and public participation for sensitizing opinion of locals about the importance of wetlands through wetland agriculture. The present study effectively attempts to address livelihood issues linked with wetlands and include innovative action programs for creation and implementation of floating islands involving community as a whole. This study examines the potential of developing and applying a novel “floating Island” concept for the provision of enhanced lake water treatment, particularly with regards to copper, zinc and fine particulate removal to ensure ecosystem sustainability and agriculture as well. Significantly important and thus included under Ramsar convention. Kanjli wetland, situated at 31°25’N, 075°22’E covering 183ha area was added in the Ramsar list on 22nd January 2002 as site number 1160 criteria 3 with the support of WWF’s living waters program. The wetland site is degrading at geometric progression rate due to accidental outflows of pollutants from industries, inflow of fertilizers as runoff from agricultural fields and sewage from towns. Invasion and growth of weeds in the wetland area is also a cause of concern. The removal of metals, such as copper and zinc from wetland has been identified as a priority. The study primarily aims at sustainable utilization of lake resources and public participation for sensitizing opinion of locals about the importance of wetlands through wetland agriculture. The present study effectively attempts to address livelihood issues linked with wetlands and include innovative action programs for creation and implementation of floating islands involving community as a whole. This study examines the potential of developing and applying a novel “floating Island” concept for the provision of enhanced lake water treatment, particularly with regards to copper, zinc and fine particulate removal to ensure ecosystem sustainability and Agriculture as well animals depend on survival. Kanjli is one of the wetland in Punjab that was considered significantly important and thus included under Ramsar convention. Kanjli wetland, situated at 31°25’N, 075°22’E covering 183ha area was added in the Ramsar list on 22nd January 2002 as site number 1160 criteria 3 with the support of WWF’s living waters program. The wetland site is degrading at geometric progression rate due to accidental outflows of pollutants from industries, inflow of fertilizers as runoff from agricultural fields and sewage from towns. Invasion and growth of weeds in the wetland area is also a cause of concern. The removal of metals, such as copper and zinc from wetland has been identified as a priority. The study primarily aims at sustainable utilization of lake resources and public participation for sensitizing opinion of locals about the importance of wetlands through wetland agriculture. The present study effectively attempts to address livelihood issues linked with wetlands and include innovative action programs for creation and implementation of floating islands involving community as a whole. This study examines the potential of developing and applying a novel “floating Island” concept for the provision of enhanced lake water treatment, particularly with regards to copper, zinc and fine particulate removal to ensure ecosystem sustainability and Agriculture as well.

Published: 08 November 2017

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