India adds 10 more wetlands designated as Ramsar sites to make a total of 64 sites in the country. The 10 new sites include Six (6) sites in Tamil Nadu and One (1) each in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. Designation of these sites would help in the conservation and management of wetlands and the wise use of their resources.
India is one of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. 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.
10 wetlands designated as Ramsar sites:
|S.No||Name of wetland||Area in Ha||State|
|1||Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary||72.04||Tamil Nadu|
|4||Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve||52671.88||Tamil Nadu|
|6||Vembannur Wetland Complex||19.75||Tamil Nadu|
|7||Vellode Bird Sanctuary||77.19||Tamil Nadu|
|8||Sirpur wetland||161||Madhya Pradesh|
|9||Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary||40.35||Tamil Nadu|
|10||Udhayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary||43.77||Tamil Nadu|