On World Wetlands Day, India adds two more Ramsar sites

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The 47th Ramsar site was the Haiderpur wetland in Uttar Pradesh.

Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav said, “Development and environment must work together in a sustainable way. 40% of biodiversity comes from wetlands.

Further, while emphasizing the importance of Wetlands Day, he said, “Today is International Wetlands Day. There are more than two lakhs of small ponds in India, but there are also a few that need to be preserved. India has 52 national tiger forests in India. There are two blue beacon beaches in India. We added two Ramsar sites today.

While Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “There are 18,000 ponds in Haryana, now at least 6,000 ponds are overflowing and full of soil. We trained the pond authority to take care of it. This authority aims this year to preserve/maintain 1,900 ponds.

After this announcement, India now has a network of 49 Ramsar sites covering an area of ​​10,93,636 hectares, the largest in South Asia.

The Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh provides a safe wintering and resting place for a large number of species of the Central Asian flyway. Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary is a coastal wetland with rich bird diversity providing a safe habitat for endangered and vulnerable species.

Ramsar sites in India are declared under the Ramsar Convention, which was established by UNESCO in 1971. A site is declared a Wetland Ramsar Site in India if it meets any of the nine criteria defined by the Convention on Wetlands.

Environmentalists believe that as a result of wetland destruction, flooding and drought damage, nutrient runoff and water pollution, shoreline erosion has triggered a decline in populations of ‘wild animals.

The Space Applications Center (SAC) in Ahmedabad today released the National Atlas of Wetland Decadal Changes highlighting the changes that have occurred in wetlands across the country over the past decade .

Wetland conservation efforts in India began in 1987 and government efforts have mainly focused on biological methods of conservation.

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