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India now has 54 wetlands in the list of Ramsar wetlands of international importance

India now has 54 wetlands in the list of Ramsar wetlands of international importance

As per the Ramsar Convention report, wetlands are shrinking three times faster than forests

India has recently designated five new wetlands of international importance, taking the total number of Ramsar sites in the country to 54. The new Ramsar sites are Pichavaram Mangrove, Karikili Bird Sanctuary, and Pallikaranai Marsh Reserve Forest in Tamil Nadu, Sakhya Sagar in Madhya Pradesh, and Pala wetland in Mizoram. To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February, India also added Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh and Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, among other Ramsar sites in India. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav, said that the government is taking affirmative action and increasing the involvement of local communities and citizens in reversing and halting the loss and degradation of wetlands.

Before the addition of Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Bakhira, Uttar Pradesh’s Haiderpur wetland was added to the list of Ramsar wetlands of international importance. As per the Ramsar Convention on wetlands report, wetlands are shrinking and are destroyed three times faster than forests. Around 35% of the wetlands were lost from 1970-2015. This alarming situation demands immediate attention as 40% of the world’s animal and plant species breed and thrives in wetlands. Wetlands also serve as crucial feeding and breeding grounds for migratory birds.

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