Online Seminar by alumna Qurratul Ain Contractor

Online Seminar 'Mapping Wetland-Care Practices: The case of Ennore-Pulicat wetlands in Chennai, India'

  • 23 Jun 2022
  • 11:45 - 12:45

Online seminars form part of lifelong learning resources we offer to the Institute's Alumni and Partners. The one-hour seminars feature webcast interactive lectures and discussions. Organized by IHE Delft in collaboration with The Water Channel, the seminars focus on topics selected to suit the interests of alumni and partners, but they are of interest also to a broader audience – feel free to invite colleagues and others who may be interested. Participation is free.

After the seminar, a recording will be published on the IHE Delft alumni webpage, IHE Delft's YouTube channel and the WaterChannel. Earlier seminars are available via this link


Inspired by collective action of women from indigenous fisher communities to campaign for protection of coastal wetlands to the north of Chennai, this research uses a lens of Feminist Political Ecology to document perspectives and everyday care practices of women that support life of wetland communities. Though women perform myriad tasks that are crucial to the artisanal fishing economy, their labour remains undervalued and invisible behind dominant patriarchal and caste structures.

As women from the Ennore-Pulicat wetlands organise seafood festivals to bring attention to their role in the economy, their cultural roots in the wetland ecology and to demonstrate against mounting development pressures from expanding port infrastructure, they also push toward rethinking valuation of ecosystem services offered by the wetland, and what may be considered their wise-use.

About the speaker

MSc Alumna Qurratul Ain Contractor is an architect and story-teller with experience working with rural communities in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu on issues of gender, water, sanitation and nutrition. She also works with a citizen-led campaign for universal water and sanitation access in the city of Mumbai.


How to attend?

The event is free. Please register here to receive a link to join the meeting, held on the Zoom platform.
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