Harnessing Wetlands for Sustainable Livelihood

26 and 27 November, 2018

Organised by


Assam Science Technology

and Environment Council (ASTEC)


In collaboration with:

Cotton University

Guwahati, Assam

Sponsored by : Department of Science & Technology,  Government of Assam

Venue:  Cotton University, Panbazar, Guwahati-781001, Assam, India


 #Inauguration Programme Highlights

# Daywise Programme Schedule

The Organising Commitee

Chief Patron :         Sri Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam


Sri Keshab Mahanta, Minister, Science & Technology, Water Resources and Cultural Affairs,Govt. of Assam                 

Sri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Minister, Education,Govt. of Assam


    Prof. Bhabesh Ch. Goswami,  Vice Chancellor, Cotton University

Shri A. K. Johari, PCCF, Biodiversity

Dr  Ranjana Gupta, Spl. PCCF, Wetland

Prof Dulal Ch. Goswami, Former Professor, Gauhati University

Prof Parimal Ch. Bhattacharjee, Former Professor, Gauhati University

Chairman: Dr Arup Kr. Misra, Director, ASTEC

Vice Chairman: Prof Diganta Kr Das, Registrar, Cotton University  &   Dr Sanjoy Dutta, Academic Registrar, Cotton University

Convener, Org. Committee:  Dr Pradip Sharma, Cotton University
Organising Secretary, Org. Committee : Dr Jaideep Baruah, ASTEC


Nestled in the northeastern part of India, Assam is one of the most resourceful states of the country in terms of its natural resources, rich biodiversity, unique culture and heritage. One of the unique natural features of the state is its wetlands; as many as 5,097 wetlands of different categories (having sizes more than 2.25 ha) are recorded here. Approximately 9.74% of the total geographic area i.e. 7, 64, 372 ha of the state is covered by wetlands. Rivers and streams accounts for 84% of the total wetlands and rests are lakes, ponds, ox-bow lakes and waterlogged areas. Wetlands play a major role in fish production, provision for irrigation, retain storm water and minimize the intensity of floods and also enrich the overall natural beauty which boosts up tourism. Wetlands of the rural areas support livelihood and provide recreational facilities. Due to various developmental activities, the wetland ecosystem is dwindling rapidly. As a result existence of many endemic flora and fauna has been threatened. Being an integral part of one of the mega biodiversity hotspots of the world, Assam needs special attention to conserve its wetland and protection of its biotic resources. As such to save the wetlands from further damage the Government of Assam has taken up steps to conserve the wetlands and have come forward to organize a national level seminar supported by Assam Science Technology and Environment Council in collaboration with Cotton University at Guwahati.

As the wetlands in Assam are extremely important natural resources providing livelihood support to rural poor and hold immense potentialities for tourism and thereby providing scope for employment generation besides maintaining environmental quality. Keeping these in mind the theme for the Seminar has been selected as "Harnessing Wetlands for Sustainable Livelihood" under which eight sub-themes have been selected to discuss on the wetland related issues in a befitting manner. The Seminar also aims at involving cross section of people and experts from different parts of India for better understanding of the value of wetlands and to formulate the conservation and development strategies of the wetlands in Assam.



Harnessing Wetlands for Sustainable Livelihood

        Sub Themes 

Wetland ecosystem

Formation and Degeneration of wetlands

 Wetland and flood

Need of wetland conservation

Wetland based livelihood support

Wetland and sustainable development

Wetlands and tourism

 Government policies and wetland management



Participation is open to the experts working in the related fields. Students and Research Scholars need to prove their status by enclosing attested copy of certificate/s from competent authority of the institution from which they belong to with the Registration form.

Abstract submission:

Authors can submit only one abstract at a time under one sub-theme. However, the right to reject or accept any paper and to place the paper in any Technical Session remains with the organizers. The title of the paper, name of the author(s), affiliation, E-mail id of the corresponding author, keywords should be written in the abstract with the text should not exceed 300 words, typed in MS word and to be sent to  Dr Pradip Sharma, Convener, ( / on or before 31st  October, 2018.

      Limited quality papers will be published in the Proceedings in a book form with ISBN in collaboration with Notion Press.  The book will be available in e-commerce sites like, Flipkart, Infibean etc. along with international platforms such as Oxford Book store, Walmart, Bokus (Sweden) and so on. Moreover the book will be displayed in the New Delhi World Book Fair and Chennai Book Fair, India’s second largest book fair to be held in January, 2019.



Proceedings of the Seminar will be published immediately after the Seminar. Authors will be informed by E-mail about acceptance of their abstracts for presentation on or before November 5, 2018. Papers presented in the Seminar only will be eligible for publication in the proceedings. Standard format for full paper shall be sent to the authors with the abstract acceptance letter.

Poster Presentation :

Participants selected for poster presentation should bring/send maximum of (A0 size) four sheets to the Organizing Committee.

Registration Fee :

Research Scholars: Rs 800/- (Early Bird Rs 700/-)

Student participants: Rs 500/- (Early Bird Rs 400/-)

Delegates/ Accompanying participants: Rs 600/-  (Early Bird Rs 500/-)

<<< Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION >>>

Registration fees should be paid to Cotton University through ICICI Bank challan (Fee Code 024) or by cash at Registration desk. CLICK HERE to download  for fee payment (Please Print in Landscpe orientation ONLY).


Free accommodation will be provided only to invited speakers.

Hotel accommodation for the participants will be arranged by the organizers on request and payment for at least one day in advance to be sent with the registration form.

Room Type



Seat availability


Twin sharing

(Two separate beds)

Rs 801/- per night per person including complimentary Breakfast

Within 1 Km from University Campus

Limited seats booked. So allotment will be first come first basis

1st night payment to be made to University in advance. Subsequent nights to the hotel manager directly at the same rate

Accomodation advance payment should be paid to Cotton University through ICICI Bank challan (Fee Code 024) .Once paid, kindy send a scanned copy of your stamped challan to   CLICK HERE  to download  for payment (Please Print in Landscpe orientation ONLY).

Venue of the Seminar is Cotton University Campus located at Panbazar, 500 metres from Guwahati Railway Station and 25 km from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport


In the month of November, temperature of Guwahati varies between 17 Degree C to 28 Degree C. As it will be mildly cold, participants are advised to carry warm clothing


Convener : Dr. Pradip Sharma

Contact: (+91) 9864031327

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Organising Secretary: Dr. Jaideep Baruah

Contact: (+91) 9435102089

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Dr Barnali Gogoi, Cotton University (Convener)

Er Utpal Sarma, ASTEC

Dr R. K. Barman, ASTEC                    

Dr Binoy Kr Deka, Cotton University

Dr Saranga Ranjan Patgiri, Cotton University

Dr Ruma Talukdar, Cotton University

Dr Mala Dutta, Cotton University

Dr Parijat Borgohain, Cotton University

Dr Sangeeta Barthakur, Cotton University

Sri Prasanna Baruah, ASTEC

Mr Samiran Kalita, ASTEC

Dr Dhanjit Deka, B. Borooah College

Mr Mridul R Hazarika, Cotton University


Ms Manisha Sarmah, ASTEC (Convener)

Mr Sandeep Bhattacharjee, ASTEC

Ms Tanvi Hussain, ASTEC

Ms Jyoti Soreng, ASTEC

Dr Gitika Thakuriah, Cotton University

Ms Nitashree Mili, Cotton University

Dr Tazuddin Ahmed, Cotton University

Ms Jyotimala Doley, Cotton University

Mr Abul Fazal Murtaza Ahmed, Cotton University

Mr Parag Kr Sahariah, Cotton University

Ms Jimlee Mahanta, Cotton University

Ms Juri Baruah, Cotton University

Sri Atanu Kr Goswami, ASTEC, (Convener)

Dr Chandra Barooah, ASTEC

Dr Pankaj Gogoi, ASTEC

Mr Utpal Das, ASTEC

Mr Parthib Kashyap Sarma, ASTEC

Mr Riju Mahanta, ASTEC

Mr Anurag Saikia, ASTEC