Workshop / Seminar

Workshop on ecosystem services and vulnerabilities

The foundation conducted a field workshop on ‘Ecosystem services and vulnerabilities: perspectives of fisheries, water quality and embankments’ on 12-13 September 2023 in Indian Sundarbans. The said workshop was endorsed by the Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Program of the IOC-UNESCO UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030). The program imparted hands- on training on fish catch, fish tissue and organ extraction, measurements of different water quality parameters. It also made the participants familiarize various mangrove species, rivers and creeks and embankments of the Indian Sundarbans. Experts such as Prof. Pratap Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Kanailal Das and Dr. Sourav Paul have imparted lectures and shared their experiences of ecosystem services and vulnerabilities of Indian Sundarbans. The workshop is attended by various UG, PG and PhD students and faculties of different colleges, universities and IIT, KGP. The participants had a diverse background such as zoology, Industrial Fish and Fisheries, Planning, Geography, Mass communication, wildlife and so on. On behalf of the foundation Dr. Mahammed Moniruzzaman (Scientist-D) has coordinated the workshop. Thanks to Hanna Instrument Pvt. Ltd. India for generously supporting the workshop and for their kind donation of the water quality equipment for demonstration.

Understanding the ecological balance of Indian Sundarbans facing periodic cyclones

The foundation has partnered with ‘Purbasha Eco-Helpline Society’ to celebrate the ‘International Mangrove Day’ on 26 July 2023. For the occasion a workshop was held from 25 to 27 July 2023 at the Chargheri of Indian Sundarbans. The IOC-UNECSCO endorsed UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030) workshop titled ‘Understanding the ecological balance of Indian Sundarbans facing periodic cyclones’ was focused on the socio-ecological balance of a mangrove ecosystem considering the increasing intensity of cyclones in the region. The workshop included seminars of eminent scientists Such as Prof. Malay Mukhopadhyay, Prof. Ashis Kumar Paul, Prof. Shansanka Kumar Gayen who represented different universities of West Bengal. Dr. Kanai Lal Das of the ECSF has put forward his views on how to put sustainable embankments by building shields of mangroves. It also includes hands-on training on mangrove plantation by ‘Mangrove Man’ Umasankar Mondal and demonstration soil and water quality of intertidal mudflats by Dr. Sourav Paul. There was active participation of women for planting and protecting mangroves namely ‘Mangrove Army’. The discussions and the field trainings demonstrated the need for mangrove plantation following proper scientific methods that keeps the biodiversity of the region as much restored as possible. The workshop drew about 50 participants among them various college faculties, PhD researchers, post- and undergraduate students of different disciplines, corporate professionals, social workers and locals were involved. 

Ocean Literacy workshop at B.E. College Model High School

A workshop on Ocean Literacy ‘(Thinking Beyond The Waves’) had been conducted at the Shibpur B.E. College Model High School on 7th July, 2023. The targeted audience was class 9 to 12. Most of the students have seen the Ocean but were hardly aware of Ocean related studies challenges and careers. The workshop which was carried out in collaboration with UN Ocean Decade endorsed Early Career Ocean Professionals programme to plug in those knowledge gaps.
On behalf of the ECOP team Miss Debarati Sengupta conducted the workshop. Dr. Sourav Paul and Mr. Sohan Dhar are the two resource person from ECSF who encouraged the students to take up careers related to Ocean and Fisheries. The headmaster and the faculties of the School along with the students, highly appreciated the event.

Biomagnification of heavy metals in Gangetic food web

A workshop was conducted to demonstrate pollution studies targeted at various levels of an estuarine food web. The workshop demonstrated how to conduct environmental sampling, continuous recording of hydrological parameters, biological sampling of various types of plankton. The participants include various faculties, scientists, PhD students, and professionals of West Bengal and Kerala. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Bhaskar Deb Bhattacharya and assisted by Mr. Sohon Dhar.

Ocean and Life: Tides are Changing
The foundation has hosted an international webinar ‘Ocean and Life: Tides are changing’ to celebrate World Ocean Day 2023 on 8 June from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. The webinar was endorsed by IOC-UNESCO UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). This was also a joint venture between the ECSF and the Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Program for providing young scientist a platform to disseminate their research and views on Ocean Literacy. Scientists and faculty members of United Kingdom, Oman, Kuwait, Taiwan, Germany and India have presented their research and perspectives on sustainability of estuarine, coastal and marine issues and raised concerns about the changing climate. The webinar drew about 250 participants over Zoom and YouTube. Participants include faculties, scientists, students, nature enthusiasts of various universities of Indian and abroad.
Joint workshop on Fresh Water Quality conducted by DHWU and ECSF

A workshop on fresh water quality of inland aquatic ecosystem in the coastal areas of South (24p), West Bengal was carried out jointly by Diamond Harbour Woman’s University and The Foundation on 23rd May, 2023. The event attracted post graduate and research students as well as faculty members of the department of zoology and botany. The workshop highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy water quality for biodiversity and food web management of different pond ecosystem. Dr. Bhaskar Deb Bhattacharya has lead the event on behalf of the foundation.


A National Webinar on Soil Sustainability
The Foundation has hosted a National Webinar on ‘Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change Mitigation’ on 21st May, 2023 at 6:30 PM IST on Zoom Platform. The lecture was delivered by Suvadip Neogi. The participants were across disciplines and career stages from various parts of India. The discussion on Soil Sustainability touched upon the issues such as Sustainable Agriculture, Carbon Emission, Food Security and Alternative Career Paths for professionals and students.
A national webinar on wildlife

The foundation has hosted a national Webinar on ‘Demystifying Human-Wildlife Conflict’ delivered by Mr. Ratul Saha of Ernest & Young, India. The webinar happened on Zoom platform at 6.30 PM IST of 15 May 2023. The participants were across disciplines and career stages. A pan India participation was noticed. The discussion enlighten many aspects human-wildlife conflicts, entrepreneurship and alternative career paths for students.


UN Ocean Decade endorsed Webinar on Tropical Cyclone

A webinar was hosted by the Foundation on ‘The ‘new normal’ of tropical cyclone (typhoon) flooding: Implications for nutrient cycling and water quality‘ at Zoom on 1 May 2023. The Speaker was legendary Professor Hans W Paerl. Professor Paerl spoke about hydrological, biogeochemical, carbon cycle and planktonic changes that cyclones cause to estuaries. He and the participants discussed the pre- and post-cyclone management of cyclone impacts on estuaries. The webinar attracted a PAN India audience and some distinguished guests across different countries of Asia. The webinar was endorsed by the IOC-UNESCO UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030).

One day seminar on 'Exploring the dynamic inferface: Understanding the coastal and estuarine environment'.

The foundation in association with Shibpur Dinobundhoo Institution (College) had held a one day state level seminar on ‘Exploring the dynamic interface: Understanding the coastal and estuarine environment. This event is a result of the MoU activities between two institutions. The seminar was attended by faculties of different colleges, school teachers, undergraduate students of different disciplines. In future two institutions would carry out hands-on activities and workshops related to environmental issues.

IOC-UNESCO endorsed workshop on 'Cyclone induced changes of lower Ganges delta'
Date: 24-25 March, 2023. Place: Sundarbans, India
Foundation has conducted an IOC-UNESCO endorsed field training workshop on ‘Cyclone induced changes of lower Ganges delta‘ on 24-25 March 2023 in Indian Sundarbans. Participants included university and college faculties, PhD and PG students, community and corporate professionals of various disciplines including Zoology, Marine Science, Microbiology, Geography, Environmental Management, Fisheries, Economics, Gender studies, IT and NGO professionals. Prof. SK Raut (Professor of Zoology, University of Calcutta) the chief guest. Among the technical resource persons Dr. Bhaskar Deb Bhattacharya, Dr. Kanailal Das, Dr. Mahammed Moniruzzaman, Karabi Das, Jagati Bahchi and others were noted. Dr. Sourav Paul co-ordinated such a multidisciplinary program for Indian estuaries (1st ever attempt for Indian estuaries).
The objectives :
1. Understand and demonstrate the causes and consequences of recent cyclones on community, biodiversity, embankments and water quality.
2. How to measure impacts of cyclones on water quality, biodiversity, embankments, agriculture, lives and livelihoods of people of Gosaba region of Indian Sundarbans.
3. Train various stakeholders on cyclone science and research for bringing up more professionals and awareness building.
4. Identify the scopes of adaptation to cyclone led consequences by embracing science and research.
Message from the chief guest Prof. SK Raut
Sundarbans is prone to frequent cyclonic thrash. Such unpredictable disasters of and on, destabilize the ecosystems be it estuarine, marine  and marine domain. Consequently it alters the entire scenario including socioeconomic status of island dwellers. UNESCO is very much aware of the facts and as such a programme “Ocean Decade ” (2021-2030) has already been introduced by the said organisation. Recently (24th &25th March) ECSF  took the venture as UNESCO’s endorsement for training the research students in the field conditions extending the area Gadkhali, Gosaba, Sajnekhali, Pakhiralay… … …. on way of visualizing the nature of damage of mangroves, the river banks, the estuaries and the changes in the occurrence, density and diversity of planktons. ECSF workers are hopeful that the resilience process is very much pronounced and the entire Sundarbans may regain ecological stability soon if no new cyclone strikes prior to that period. Participants are much interested in taking part in restoration of cyclone-induced damaged ecosystems. ECSF is also taking programmes for its next venture in other areas of this UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
IOC-UNESCO ECOP Asia Network and ECSF jointly held workshop on Ocean Literacy

For promoting Ocean Literacy among school children of the coastal regions of West Bengal IOC-UNESCO ECOP Asia Network and ECSF jointly held a workshop at Asar Aloo school of Piyali, South 24 (P).

Date: 04.03.2023

Venue: Piyali Asar Aloo School

One day state level seminar on research methodology and environmental research manuscript writing

ECSF and Chandernagore College has jointly conducted a workshop on research methodology and environmental manuscript writing. This is a part of the ‘Know your Ganges’ program. The students and faculties of both the organization attended the seminar.

Date: 02.03. 2023
Venue: Chandernagore College

Physical oceanographic and Dr. Meenakshi Chatterjee
ECSF celebrated the life and work of one of the India’s best ocenographers Dr. Meenakshi Chatterjee. In this national event faculties, scientist, researchers and students gathered together to remember and carry forward the legacy of physical oceanographic work in Indian Sundarbans. Venue: Online; Date: 11.01.2023.
Analysis of Environmental Data

A one day workshop was conducted by the foundation at Chandernagore College, University of Burdwan ‘Analysis of Environmental Data’ on 13 September 2022 for the students and faculties of both the institutions.

Freshwater Quality Assessment

A one day workshop was conducted by the foundation at Bhirab Ganguly College, West Bengal State University on ‘Freshwater Quality Assessment’ at the Department of Zoology on 10 September 2022 for the students and faculties of both the institutions.


Advances in Coastal-Marine Studies in Indian Ocean

For celebration of the World Ocean Day (8 June) of 2022 the foundation has conducted an international webinar on ‘Advances in Coastal-Marine Studies in Indian Ocean’. Different early to mid-career scientists and faculties of India, South Africa and Oman have participated in the event.

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