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Ten New Wetlands In India Get Ramsar Site Tag

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In a major boost to the Government of India’s continued efforts on environment protection, 10 new wetland sites from India have been awarded the Ramsar Tag, thus identifying them as sites of international importance. These sites are:

  • Nandur Madhameshwar in Maharashtra
  • Keshopur-Miani, Beas Conservation Reserve and Nangal in Punjab
  • Nawabganj, Parvati Agra, Saman, Samaspur, Sandi and SarsaiNawar in Uttar Pradesh

Expressing his happiness about the announcement, the Union Environment Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar stated in a tweet that the Ramsar declaration is an acknowledgement of Government of India’s commitment in achieving the conservation and sustainable use of the important wetlands of the country.

This new listing is a new addition to a series of measures that the Narendra Modi government has undertaken towards conserving the environment and ensuring all-round sustainable development. In an earlier piece, we had highlighted the continued commitment of the government, be it Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat, climate change and air pollution.

India And The Ramsar Convention

India signed the Ramsar Convention on February 2, 1971, one of the oldest inter-governmental accord. The Ramsar Convention’s mission is The Convention’s mission, as stated on its website, is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”. Under the Ramsar Convention, India has committed to work towards the wise use of all their wetlands while designating suitable wetlands for the list of Wetlands of International Importance (the “Ramsar List”) and ensure their effective management.

Importance Of Wetlands

Wetlands have been identified by scientists to be vital for the survival of humanity. Among the world’s most productive environments, wetlands are seen as cradles of biological diversity providing water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival.

Wetlands are seen to be indispensable for the “ecosystem services” or benefits they provide humanity, ranging from freshwater supply, food and building materials, and biodiversity, to flood control, groundwater recharge, and climate change mitigation.

This fact was also acknowledged by Mr. Javadekar, who clearly highlighted wetlands as crucial to the successful achievement of the Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims for tapped water to each rural household in India.

Mr. Modi has been very vocal on the issue of water conservation. On several occasions, he has talked about water conservation, asking people to make it a people’s movement. “When we come together and work hard, then most difficult tasks can be accomplished successfully. Jan Jan Judega, Jal Bachega,” he had said in his Mann Ki Baat address on 30 June 2019.

Clearly, this government’s intentions and commitment to ensuring sustainable development remain visible for all to see.

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