Public Lecture on Gharial on the Verge of Extinction
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series
Toxics Link, in collaoration with the India International Center, invites concerned citizens to a Pubilc Lecture on “Gharial—on the verge of extinction?”
The reason behind the death of more than 100 gharials in the National Chambal Sanctuary is yet to be traced. Gharial is threatened by human pressure and is fighting a battle for survival today. It is threatened by shrinking pray-base, illegal sand mining, river – bed cultivation, fishing and river pollution. The gharial also gets killed by fishermen and turtle hunters. The documentary is a telling commentary on the status of the special crocodilian – the endangered Gharial.
It showcases the natural grandeur of the Chambal River that has remained a perfect habitat for Gharials over millions of years. It is also home for smooth coatedotters, gangetic dolphins and few rare species of turtles. A 400 kilometer stretch of the Chambal River has been declared as the National Chambal Sanctuary. Today the gharial is threatened like never before. According to the IUCN’s Red List, Gharial is the most threatened of all crocodilian species.
Date: 27th June, 2008
Time: 6.30 PM
Venue: Conference Room 1, Indian International Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
- Lalit Shastri, Principal Correspondent, The Hindu
- Ravi Singh, SG & CEO, WWFINDIA
The discussion will be moderated by Satish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link