Urban Lakes and Wetlands Conservation

Lack of understanding of the lake ecosystem is leading to the decline of lakes falling in our urban areas. Lakes bring the joys of nature to urbanites, other than providing recreational and psychological relief, acting as biodiversity habitats as well as groundwater recharge zones. Today, these lakes are highly polluted eyesores, often emitting foul odour, and while vast sums are spent on their beautification the core issue of lake management remains a puzzle to the stakeholders.

The course will explore the phenomena of lakes and wetlands in a wider urban context. How are these natural water bodies formed and transformed over time? These wetlands are being destroyed at an alarming rate throughout the developed and developing worlds. We will understand some of the crucial values and properties of urban lakes and wetlands and discuss approaches to their conservation and protection. Wetland management, as the applied side of wetland science, requires an understanding of the scientific aspects of wetlands. With rapid urbanisation, more land area is developed around present urban agglomerations as well as new areas are urbanised to accommodate larger populations moving out of rural areas. The discussion will highlight critical threats and challenges to the wetlands in the wake of rapid urban development. We will explore some of the key approaches for the conservation and management of urban lakes and wetlands. A specially designed field visit on the final day will help illustrate this broader understanding, conservation and management of this natural heritage.

Through this course, INTACH seeks to provide the participants an understanding of the lake ecosystem, the analysis and diagnosis of problems associated with it and the methods of remediation for maintaining a healthy lake ecosystem.

The course will include interactive seminars, field trip and hands-on session on a range of topics ranging from basic introduction to lake ecology and wetlands, to legal implications and conservation management practices.

The course is targeted at:

  • Urban Planners
  • Planning Professionals And Planning Agencies
  • ¬†Environmentalists
  • Corporate Environmental Managers
  • NGOs/Non-Profits
  • Citizens

Venue: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), 71, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003.

Course Date: July 7-9, 2015

Course Fee:

For Corporate Staff : Rs. 7500/-
For Govt. Staff : Rs. 6500/-
For Professionals : Rs. 6000/-
For NGOs : Rs. 5000/-
For Public : Rs. 4000/-


Please Note: INTACH offers 30% discount to current students (enrolled in any university/college) and 20% discount to its members. Total participation is limited to 30 seats. Early bird registration by March10, 2015 will benefit from a discount of Rs. 1000.

How To Register: To register for the course, please contact the INTACH (Natural Heritage Division) office.