Bhupender Yadav Launched ‘Save Wetlands Campaign’ For Wetland Conservation

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Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav on 4 February launched the ‘Save Wetlands Campaign’ in the presence of Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant.

An overview of the news

  • The campaign is based on a "whole of society" approach to wetland conservation.

  • It enables positive actions for wetland conservation at all levels of society and involves all levels of society.

  • This campaign will provide an opportunity to sensitise people about the value of wetlands, increase the coverage of wetlands and citizen participation for wetland conservation in the years to come.

  • During the occasion two publications were also released  ‘India’s 75 Amrit Dharohar- India’s Ramsar Sites Factbook’ and ‘Managing Climate Risks in Wetlands – A Practitioner’s Guide.

  • The factbook provides information on 75 Ramsar sites, including their value, the threats they face and management arrangements in place.

  • The Practitioner's Guide on Climate Risk Assessment provides step-wise guidance on the integration of adaptation and mitigation responses into wetland management planning.

Number of Wetlands Sites in India

  • There are a total of 75 wetland sites in India that are included in the Ramsar sites.

  • About 49 wetland sites in India have been included in Ramsar sites in the last 9 years.

  • India's 13 lakh hectares of land comes under Ramsar sites. The largest wetland site in India is the Sundarbans site.

  • The theme of this year's Wetland Day is 'It's time for wetlands restoration'.

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