Rajasthan's Menar bird village will become a wetland

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Menar village in Udaipur district, recognized as "Bird Village" after various conservation efforts, has been decided to be notified as the new wetland of Rajasthan.

  • This will pave the way for this rural area of Mewar region to get the status of Ramsar site.

  • About Menar Wetland

  • The two lakes of Menar village- Brahma and Dhandha host a large number of migratory birds every year.

  • More than 150 species of local and migratory birds reside in both the lakes during the winter season.

  • These include the Greater Flamingo, White-tailed Lapwing, Pelican, Marsh Harrier, Bar-headed Goose, Common Teal, Greenshank, Pintail, Wagtail, Green Sandpiper and Red-Wattled Lapwing.

  • Bird lovers and tourists visit this village after the arrival of migratory birds from Central Asia, Europe and Mongolia.

  • Presently there are two wetlands recognized as Ramsar sites in Rajasthan-

  • Keoladeo Ghana in Bharatpur District.

  • Sambhar Salt Lake in Jaipur District.

  • What is wetland?

  • Wetlands are seasonal or permanent ecosystems located in water.

  • These include mangroves, swamps, rivers, lakes, deltas, floodplains and floodplains, rice fields, coral reefs, marine areas (places with high tides less than 6 m) as well as man-made wetlands such as wastewater treatment ponds and Reservoir etc. are included.

  • More than 1 billion people depend on wetlands for subsistence and 40% of the world's species live and breed in wetlands.

  • 30% of land-based carbon is stored in peatlands (a type of wetland).

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