The media workshop was organised on February 2. 2017 to coincide with the World Wetlands Day. The theme for this year’s Wetlands Day is ‘Wetlands for disaster risk reduction.’ Wetlands play an important role in maintaining Chennai’s water and climate resilience, and hence the media workshop titled ‘Floods, cyclone and drought: The puzzle of ‘Chennai’s water and climate’ was an appropriate event to mark the World Wetlands Day.
The workshop was organised by Care Earth Trust with support from WABAG. Environment journalist S. Gopikrishna Warrier coordinated the sessions for Care Earth Trust. The workshop had participation from 18 journalists, one social media journalist, one university student, 11 experts and three interns. There were interesting interactions between the participants and experts after each presentation.
Dr. Ranjit Daniels of Care Earth made the concluding point that what is beautiful may not be ecologically important in nature, and whereas the ecologically important systems may not be beautiful for our eyes. Thus, the ecological significance of a wetland may weaken when it is beautified.