Dr. Dipesh Debnath, Sr. Scientist welcomed the guests and participants present in both offline and online mode and briefed about the session. Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI briefly appraised the goods and services provided by wetlands, which are means of livelihood for local people. He raised concern about many wetlands which are getting disconnected, agricultural run-off and loss of microbial community and species in the system. A strategic plan is needed to look into the issues faced by the wetlands.