Weekly Current Affairs

Kolkata scientist gets global green award [Prelims, Environment]

  • At a time when East Kolkata Wetlands, a swathe of water bodies spanning over 100 sq. km., is fast shrinking due to illegal filling of fishponds, the scientist who mapped the area and calculated its economic value has received one of the highest international awards in environmental leadership.
  • The steering committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) informed Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, the first Indian environmental activist to receive the Luc Hoffman award , about the recognition.
  • Dr. Ghosh, formerly the chief environment officer of the State government, was the key architect to map the wetlands and name it.