4 more sites in Ramsar list as wetlands of international importance
New Delhi: Four more wetlands from India get recognition from the Ramsar Secretariat as Ramsar sites. These sites are Thol and Wadhwana from Gujarat and Sultanpur and Bhindawas from Haryana.
The number of Ramsar sites in India is 46, and the surface area covered by these sites is now 1,083,322 hectares. While Haryana gets its first Ramsar sites, Gujarat gets three more after Nalsarovar, declared in 2012.
Union Environment Minister, Bhupender Yadav, expressed happiness and stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special concern for the environment has improved how India cares for its wetlands.
The Ramsar list aims “to develop and maintain an international network of wetlands which are important for the conservation of global biological diversity and for sustaining human life through the maintenance of their ecosystem components, processes and benefits.”