Newsletter - January 2022

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January 2022, Vol.6;  No.11

Dear Friends,

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971. This year’s celebration of World Wetlands Day in 2022 is especially significant — as on 30 August 2021 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 75/317 that established 2 February as World Wetlands Day.

Nearly 90% of the world’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s, and we are losing wetlands three times faster than forests. Yet, wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more. It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them.

At Rameshwaram Island also this issue of wetlands is serious. It is called Tharavai in colloquial Tamil. Unfortunately, more and more prawn cultivators are encroaching these Tharavais and in the process spoiling the entire eco-system. We are raising this issue at various platforms through policy advocacy.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
  • Dr.Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes on – COP Explained – Part III
  • Solid waste management work by - Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai
  • Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of the C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant –  Nocchi
  • Livelihood Opportunities - covers Pasumai group’s activities
  • Revival and Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies – survey of Veera Teertham
  • In Social capital Teertha Poojas, Deepa poojas, Vivekananda Jayanti, regular yoga classes and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram

With best wishes,

Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Mahabeer Dharmasala
Rameswaram - 623526
Tamilnadu.
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
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Web:  www.greenrameswaram.org
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COP Explained – Part III

By
Dr.Sanjay Banerji
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business
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Dear Friends,

In this blog, we shall cover COP 22 to 26. Please recall that the COP series was launched as a mandatory annual meeting of all parties to the UNFCCC, starting in 1995.

Marrakech, Morocco hosted COP 22 from November 7 to 18, 2016 barely 3 days after the Paris Agreement came into force.

The Parties agreed to complete all steps to implement the Paris Agreement within the next 2 years, by 2018. The outcome may be called as the Paris Rulebook covering mitigation, adaptation, finance, transparency, review etc. A newly constituted 12-member Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), and two standing bodies: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technology Advice (SBSTA) and The Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) were assigned this task.

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Solid Waste Management

By
Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services, Chennai
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Door-to-Door Collection and Garbage Segregation:

Everyday door-to-door waste collection and waste segregation along with street cleaning were carried out uninterruptedly.

Source Segregation Demo Programme

Source Segregation demonstration programme organized on 4th, 6th, 8th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 24th of January at Eathi street (Ward No.21) Marvar Street (Ward No.3), Earukadu (Ward No. 14), Ponnampalli street (Ward No.2), Kattupillayaur kovil Street (Ward No.14), Vittu Pillai Street (Ward No.20), Kalavai Street (Ward No.20).

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Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Nocchi

By Dr.A.Abirami
C.P.R. Environmental Education Center, Chennai
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Distribution and Habitat

Vitex negundo (L.) belongs to the family Verbenaceae. It is a woody, aromatic deciduous shrub growing up to 5 mts tall. It thrives in humid places or along water courses in wastelands and mixed open forests. It is native to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, eastern Africa and Madagascar.

The plant is distributed throughout the greater part of India up to an altitude of 1500 m in the outer Himalayas. Leaves branches into 3-5 finger like lanceolate, hairy beneath. Each leaflet is around 4-10 cm in length, with the central leaflet being the longest and possesses a stalk. Flowers are white - bluish purple in colour borne on axillary. The fruit is succulent globose, and black when ripe with four seeds.

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“Livelihood Opportunities”

By
Green Rameswaram Trust
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Only two groups were added. We have opened SHG Bank accounts as follows
•    RDCC - 4 more groups
•    Dhanalakshmi Bank - 16 more groups added.
      > Total Groups 120
      > Total members 1483

This month in the group meetings we focused on
1.    Corona Awareness
2.    Importance of Vaccination
3.    Self Employment opportunities
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“Revival and Renovation of
Traditional Water Bodies”

By
Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep
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1. Survey of new Traditional Water Body - Veera Teertham

We have decided to take up the work of Revival and Renovation of Veera Teertham from the month of February. Keeping this in mind, our survey team laid by Shri.Kadiresan did the extensive survey of the area before finalizing the boundaries of the proposed Veera Teertham.

During the survey they found lot of garbage has been dumped in the water body and so the area is not properly visible. There are a few sand dunes nearby. One reason of Veera Teertham disappearing is because of shifting of sand dunes.

Fortunately, the local stakeholders were supportive and now they stopped dumping the garbage. In addition, Municipality also cooperated by collecting the earlier wastes in a tractor.

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Social Capital

By
Green Rameswaram Trust
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Papa-vinashaka Teertham Pooja

On 28th January 2022 we conducted Teertha Pooja at Papa-vinashaka Teertham. Shri.Nagarajan and Sister Mariyammal took the lead in organising the programme. 25 people participated in the event. Poojaris from Shankar Math did the pooja.

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Green Rameswaram newsletter (Tamil)

For students….
From students ..

17th issue – January 2022
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