1. 'Impact assesment of hydroclimatic and fishing pattern changes, mangrove restoration through community involvement and awareness generation through publications-in Indian Sunderbans'
NEWS is implementing this project, funded by British Deputy High Commission , Kolkata. It was inaugurated formally by British High Commissioner – Sir Richard Stagg on 10 th February, 2008 in the Mathurakhand village of Sunderban . He was accompanied by his wife Ms Arabella Stagg & Mr Simon Wilson , the Deputy High Commissioner.
The project objectives :-
a. Scientific Study on hydrological parameters like salinity, ph level, turbidity, DO level ,Sulphate-phosphate-heavy metals etc & tidal amplitude with data of last thirty years in order to assess the impact of climate change in this region as well as study on changing diversity of phytoplankton, thinning of molluscan shells, tidal amplitude , carbon sequestering capacity of certain dominant mangrove species of the region etc.
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b. Mangrove afforestation over half a square kilometre area covering the embankments of Mathurakhand and Amlamethi in Bali island under Sunderban Tiger Reserve .Thrust is on maintaining the nursery in the village involving villagers esp women so that the expenses related to the buying and maintenance of saplings of around 4,00,000 saplings benefits them. Necessary training by resource persons will be provided by NEWS. The workplan is prepared by consulting Mangrove experts & integrating it with traditional knowledge.
c. Awareness generation among the villagers esp school children to understand the importance of the mangroves with respect to climate change .Conduct regular meetings with different stakeholders , hold Audio visual presentations ,arrange visit for school children to jungles and creeks of Sunderbans to understand the typical terrain, hold talks with publications , booklets , posters.
d. Bring out a documentation of the project in the form of a film so that it can be easily shared with stakeholders of other villages and duplicated elsewhere as a model.
2. Project - Urban and Rural Environmental Health
The project involves : Assessment of Health impact of Kolkata’s Air pollution on a cross-sectional population of high risk groups.
Study protocols include Lung function test by spirometry, questionnaire survey by validated, structured questionnaire for respiratory symptoms. Assessment of Health impact of indoor air pollution from burning wood, dung cake, crop wastes during household cooking in Jharkhali area in Sunderban. Funded by corporate sectors