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World Wetlands Day observed

KOZHIKODE: A field survey conducted by college students on the occasion of World Wetlands Day at the Kottuli wetlands here on Thursday has revealed the existence of nine species of mangroves in the precincts.

The field visit and subsequent water quality monitoring were part of a workshop organised by the Providence Women’s College in association with the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Students from different colleges in the city participated in the programmes.

Mayor M. Bhaskaran inaugurated the workshop. The field study conducted with assistance of the scientists of CWRDM, revealed the incidence of a wealth of plant and fish species at the Kottuli wetland. Different migratory bird species were also spotted by the students. Laboratory examination showed that the dissolved oxygen in the water in the Canoly Canal was on the decrease, besides pollution of the water here was high due to discharge of effluents.

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