Ten New RAMSAR Sites of India
India added 10 more wetlands designated as Ramsar sites. These sites include six sites in Tamil Nadu, one each in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha.
As there were 54 Ramsar sites earlier in India, by adding these sites, the total number of Ramsar sites in India increased to 64 covering an area of 12,50,361 ha in the country.
Designation of these sites would help in the conservation and management of the wetlands and wise use of their resources.
- India is one of the contracting parties to the Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 as India signed it on 1st Feb 1982.
- So far 64 wetlands covering an area of 12,50,361 ha have been designated as Ramsar Sites of International Importance in India, till date.
Name of 10 new wetlands with state designates as Ramsar sites:
|S.No||Name of Wetland||State||Area in Ha|
|1||Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary
The gorge Satkisia is over Mahanadi in Odisha.
It is the meeting point of two biogeographic regions of India; the Deccan Peninsula and the Eastern Ghats, contributing to immense biodiversity.
It is considered to be critically significant for its ecosystem services and biodiversity values for the local communities and society at large.
The majority of the area is intermittent freshwater marshes that lie adjacent to one of the major rivulets of the Zauri River.
|4||Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve
It is the first Marine Biosphere reserve in South East Asia.
|6||Vembannur Wetland Complex||Tamil Nadu||19.75|
|7||Vellode bird Sanctuary||Tamil Nadu||77.19|
It is a significant historical wetland situated in Indore, M.P
It is an important nesting place for terrestrial and aquatic migratory and residential birds.
|9||Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
This site is also recognized internationally as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)
It belongs to Coromandel Coast biotic province
|10||Udhayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary
It is one of the important breeding sites for the Darter, & Eurasian spoonbill.
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