State Training programme on assessing the health of the Pampa river based on bioindicators, organised by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in association with the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change at Pathananthitta, Kerala.
Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Metropolitan of the Niranam Diocese of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church inaugurated the programme. Stressing on the need for taking up environmental issues with due seriousness, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos has called for a committed approach towards the conservation of nature.
As part of the programme, the team collected samples from the waterbody as well as the riverside habitats near its origin in the Sabarimala forests, followed by Vadasserikara in the middle and Veeyapuram in the downstream.
Classes were also held on the various living organisms, aquatic plants, invasive plants, riverine habitats and so on.
A comprehensive study of the Pampa is required, including changes in the river after the floods and MSSRF will take further action in this regard said Dr N. Anilkumar, Senior Director, MSSRF.
The three days training programme was led by an eminent panel of experts in the field led by Dr Ajayakumara Verma. Prajeesh P, Senior scientist, MSSRF Parvathi Radhakrishnan, Project Associate and Jibin Thomas, Development Associate coordinated the programme.