CESS ties up with German Institute

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CESS ties up with German institute

The Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) has joined hands with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany to organise an explorative workshop here on February 21, 2011 and February 22, 2011 on the possibility of a cooperative research programme on the rivers and backwaters in Kerala.

The participants will analyse a case study of Vembanad Lake and the impact of pollution on water quality, aquatic organisms, economy and environmental governance. A team of four scientists from the German institute led by Tim Jennerjahn is visiting CESS for the purpose.

Representatives from the Kerala State Pollution Control Board, Directorate of Environment and Climate Change, Vakkom Moulavi Foundation and the departments of Geology, Environment, Aquatic Biology, Fisheries and Economics under the University of Kerala are expected to take part in the deliberations.

According to the background paper, the workshop will study the ecological, economic and social consequences of the interdependence between rivers and backwaters.

This, it said, should subsequently lead to an analysis of the economic potential and the required changes in environmental governance. The workshop would be an important step towards a joint research programme.

The discussions will include an interdisciplinary investigation of the effects of pollution on the ecology of aquatic organisms in Vembanad Lake ecosystem and its watershed. It also includes an analysis of persistent organic pollutants in water, sediments and animal tissue.

Thrust area

Another thrust area will be the effect of land use on the water quality and bio – geochemistry of aquatic systems. The deliberations will also cover the different environmental regulations that could be applied to the Kerala backwaters.