On Saturday, November 7, 2020, Dhruba Das Gupta, a conservation worker with a focus on urban drainage and wastewater management will discuss her research and conservation work in wetland ecosystems, especially in the East Kolkata Wetlands, the largest ensemble of wastewater wetlands in the world. The East Kolkata Wetland is also a Ramsar site and thus a protected area. Dhruba's current research, conducted at IIEST Shibpur’s Department of Civil Engineering, focuses on revisiting the efficiency of the waste stabilization pond system as a low-cost wastewater treatment option and its role in improving the lives of the community. Dhruba’s work includes research in ecological history, especially how engineering interventions are established among the community, enhancing their livelihood and pursuits.
Dhruba has published in national and international journals on this subject. With a background in rural development, anthropology, and community management, her grassroots conservation work seeks to highlight the unheard voices of the marginalized wetland communities, to get them better recognition in the core conservation and management practices responsible for preservation of ecosystems. Dhruba sits on the Board of Governors of the Rural Development Forum of the Institution of Engineers, Kolkata.
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