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Draft national policy on wetlands opposed

By Correspondent

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 16 - The draft national policy on wetlands has been strongly opposed by Green Heritage, a conservationist group from North Lakhimpur. This was stated during a media interaction by the group near Satajaan Wetland on the banks of the Ranganadi river at Pahoomara here recently.

Addressing reporters, Dr Prabal Saikia, secretary-general of Green Heritage, said that the proposed policy on wetlands could not be accepted as it delinks rivers from wetlands. Describing all the major systems on the plains of Assam as wetland-related systems, Dr Saikia said that the draft national policy could destroy the unique ecosystem of the State.

The chairman of the biodiversity cell of Green Heritage, Dr Debajeet Baruah, also addressed the media persons over the issue and asked the State Government to take a firm stand against the draft national policy on wetlands.

Publicity secretary of Green Heritage Bhaskar Borah, programme coordinator Sazzad Hussain and wildlife expert Bikul Goswami also participated in the meeting. Veteran environmentalist and the president of Ranganadi Prakritik Suraksha Samiti, Baliram Gogoi, also attended the meeting.

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