- Saturday, February 24, 2018

World Wetland Day Celebration

(Educational school program,Biodiversity study and Lagoon restoration)

Young Biologists Association celebrated the 2018 World Wetland Day with a series of activities in collaboration with, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa, Students of Dehigahalanda Vidyalaya, Mangrove Resource Center Ambalantota, and Law Students Environmental Society (LSES).The events commenced on 2nd Feb with an educational school program at Dehigahalanda Vidyalaya, Ambalantota and establishing the school Environmental pioneers club promoting conservation of biodiversity and nature. The program comprised of educative and interactive lecture on importance of wetlands, threats and their conservation, focusing on Mangroves and associating species. Presentation of two poster series were focused on creating awareness on mangroves, and invasive species of flora and fauna in the locality. The poster sessions also addressed issues associated with wetlands, such as the Bundala RAMSAR site which is currently threatened by invasive plants and algal bloom. The young enthusiasts also engaged in field activity at the nearby wetland observing flora and fauna species of a wetland eco system. On the 3rd Feb, an enthusiastic team of staff from Shangri-La, YBA, grade 10 students from the school and LSES members cleaned the lagoon in front of the Resort which was polluted with algae and litter. In addition to the cleanup, the area was planted with mangrove associate species. On 4th of Feb, the LSES team carried out a cleanup on the beach from the Resort to Godawaya fishing village. The beaches polluted with the debris runoff from nearby Walawe River, and by human activity were restored. No doubt, the activities were fun filled and of course of a worthy cause it left everyone with the utter pleasure of a weekend well spent. Special Thanks to: Palinda Perera, Dilini Samarajeewa
 Notes: Samudra De Silva
 Image courtesy: Indeewara Jayalath, Palinda Perera, Randima Mahagamage