2 More Wetlands in India Contributed To List of Recognised Sites Under Ramsar Convention
India has 41 wetlands, the highest in South Asia, with two more added to the list of acknowledged sites of international value under the treaty of Ramsar Convention. The Lonar lake in Maharashtra and Sur Sarovar, likewise referred to as Keetham lake, in Agra, have actually been added to the list of recognised Ramsar websites.
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Environment is a treaty for conservation and sustainable usage of such sites. It is called after Ramsar, the Iranian city where the treaty was checked in 1971, and locations picked for preservation under it are given the tag ‘Ramsar site’. “Delighted to note that India has included two more Ramsar sites. Lonar lake in Maharashtra, the only crater lake of nation, and Sur Sarovar, also referred to as Keetham lake, in Agra.
” Wetlands are the world’s natural water filters and one of the most efficient community on earth,” Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted on Sunday. Just recently, Kabartal in Bihar’s Begusarai district was acknowledged as a wetland of worldwide importance, the first such wetland in the state, under the Ramsar Convention, according to the Union Environment Ministry.
The Asan Conservation Reserve in Dehradun, the first wetland from Uttarakhand to be acknowledged by Ramsar convention, was contributed to the list in October this year. The other 38 Ramsar sites in India consist of Chilika Lake in Odisha, Keoladeo National Forest in Rajasthan, Harike Lake in Punjab, Loktak Lake in Manipur and Wular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir.
The convention, checked in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar, is among the oldest inter-governmental accord for protecting the eco-friendly character of wetlands. Likewise referred to as the Convention on Wetlands, it intends to develop a worldwide network of wetlands for conservation of biological diversity and for sustaining human life.
Wetlands offer a large range of important resources and community services such as food, water, fibre, groundwater recharge, water filtration, flood small amounts, disintegration control and environment guideline. They are, in reality, a significant source of water and our primary supply of freshwater originates from a variety of wetlands which help soak rainfall and charge groundwater.
Over 170 countries are celebration to the Ramsar Convention and over 2,000 designated websites covering over 20 crore hectares have been acknowledged under it. In January this year, 10 wetlands in India were identified by the Ramsar Convention as sites of worldwide importance.
These are Nandur Madhameshwar in Maharashtra, Keshopur-Miani, Beas Preservation Reserve and Nangal in Punjab, and Nawabganj, Parvati Agra, Saman, Samaspur, Sandi and SarsaiNawar in Uttar Pradesh. The other Ramsar websites remain in Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
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