Protecting Endangered Wetlands

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Filmmaker’s New Endeavor Aims to Protect Wetlands in India

In celebration of World Water Day, School of Communication Professor and award-winning filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee (One Water) will launch a new website, http://kolkatawetlands.org, that explores important issues surrounding the endangered East Kolkata Wetlands, the largest multiuse wetlands in the world.

Sometimes called the “kidneys of Kolkata (Calcutta),” the East Kolkata Wetlands encompasses 30,000 acres and provides clean water through natural wastewater treatment and thousands of tons of fish and vegetables a day to people in the major city of Kolkata, India. More than 50,000 people depend on the wetlands for their livelihood. But in recent years the East Kolkata Wetlands has become a target of encroaching urban development despite being named a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) in 2002.

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