The people of the Gulf of KachchhBill Dennison ·
We were impressed with the industrious people in the region surrounding the Gulf of Kachchh. The Gulf of Kachchh is a major economic driver for India, importing and refining oil, and producing fertilizer, food and salt. The rich natural and cultural resources were considerable. The abundant bird life, wildlife, mangroves, corals and fisheries are examples of the rich natural resources. Corn, cotton and other crops are grown in the region, and the region is also known for its dairy products. In addition, people were proud that Gujarat was the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, naming their planned capitol city after him and ascribing to his ascetic lifestyle, including supporting an alcohol-free (dry) state.
The Gulf of Kachchh is sometimes spelled in its phonetic form: Gulf of Kutch. At the conclusion of the Cumulative Assessment workshop, I produced the following poem, in which I used the phonetic spelling:
The Gulf of Kutch
We have come together to discuss the Gulf of Kutch
Formulating report cards and cumulative assessments
In this dry monsoonal climate and dry Gujarat state
We have been able to learn so very much
With visits to the sanctuary and marine park in the Gulf of Kutch
We learned about big tides, big refineries, and big problems
And the diverse biota, diverse issues, and diverse approaches
And now we will synthesize our knowledge, as such
A report card and cumulative assessment for the Gulf of Kutch
Is our ultimate goal in the coming weeks and months
And we will need all of your input to make it work
So we hope that you can help by staying in touch
This is an amazing place, the Gulf of Kutch
And you have been generous hosts throughout
Thank you for your time and energy and thoughts
We will always remember our introduction to the Gulf of Kutch.
About the author
Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network.