India Designates 5 New Ramsar Sites

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India has designated 5 other Indian wetlands of international importance as Ramsar sites. Ramsar sites in India have increased from 49 to 54.

Names of five Indian wetlands that have been designated as Ramsar sites

  1. Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Pichavaram is a Village in the Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu, Near Chidambaram.

Pichavaram Mangrove Forests is the second largest Mangrove forest in the world.

It is spread over 1,100 hectares and joins the Bay of Bengal, where it's separated by a lengthy sand bank.

  1. Sakhya Sagar Lake

Sakhya Sagar Lake is a beautiful lake located in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh.

This lake is built on the Maniyar river.

Indian pythons, marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, and reptiles can be seen here.

  1. Pallikarnai Marsh

It is one of the last remaining natural wetlands of Chennai city.

It is known locally by the common Tamil name 'Kazuveli', which means flood plain or waterlogged area.

Pallikaranai Marsh covers 65 wetlands in an area of 250 sq km south of Chennai.

  1. Pala wetland

Pala wetland is situated in Mizoram.

  1. Karikili Bird Sanctuary

It is located in Kanchipuram district 86 kms from Chennai.

It is spread over an area of 61.21 hectares and is just 10 km from the well-know Vedanthagal Bird Sanctuary.

What are Ramsar sites?

  • A Ramsar site is a wetland site specifically designated for international importance as a waterfowl habitat under the Ramsar Convention.

  • Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental environment treaty established in 1975 by UNESCO.

  • Ramsar refers to wetlands of international importance in terms of site ecology, botany, zoology or hydrology.

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