Gujarat gets its fourth Ramsar site at Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamnagar

Gandhinagar, Feb 2 (IANS): Gujarat secured its fourth Ramsar site on Wednesday, World Wetlands Day, at Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamnagar district. Resident Commissioner Arti Kanwar received the shrine designation certificate from Union Minister Bhupender Yadav in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

February 2 is celebrated around the world, commemorating the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971 in the city of Ramsar (Iran), aimed at raising awareness of the vital role of wetlands for people. people and the planet.

At an event held at Sultanpur National Park, Gurugram in Haryana, Resident Commissioner Arti Kanwar received the certificate of designation of Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary from Union Minister Bhupender Yadav.

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is unique and has both freshwater, salt marsh and freshwater lakes. It covers an area of ​​6.05 km. Before India’s independence, a check dam was built to store the waters of the Ruparel River just before it entered the sea. Over the years, with fresh water from rain and the river d one side and the salty water of the sea on the other, a unique zone has formed here.

The sanctuary is located on the catchment area of ​​Ruparel River and Kalindri in the northeast coastal region of Jamnagar district in the Gulf of Kutch and has a very special and unique ecosystem. The sanctuary is now part of the Marine National Park, Jamnagar, the country’s first marine national park.

The famous Indian ornithologist, the late Salim Ali, who visited the sanctuary in 1984, is said to have spotted 104 species in a single day.

Gujarat now has four Ramsar sites, including Nal Sarovar Sanctuary, Thol Wildlife Sanctuary near Ahmedabad and Wadhwana Wetland in Vadodara.

The launch of a geographical map of wetlands in India produced by the Space Application Center, ISRO, Ahmedabad also took place on this occasion.

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