Khijadia of Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary of UP, India’s two new protected sites

Two more wetlands in India have been declared Ramsar sites, bringing the total number of protected sites in the country to 49, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Wednesday.

Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh have been recognized as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The environment minister made the announcement at an event marking the celebration of World Wetlands Day on Wednesday at Sultanpur National Park, which was included in the Ramsar list last year.

“I am happy that two more wetlands have been added to Ramsar sites. India now has a network of 49 Ramsar sites covering an area of ​​10.93 hectares, the largest in South Asia,” Yadav said.

The theme for World Wetlands Day was ‘Wetlands in action for people and nature’.

The minister, along with Environment Minister Ashwini Choubey and Haryana Chief Minister, ML Khattar, also released the National Atlas of Decadal Wetland Changes prepared by the Space Applications Center in Ahmedabad, which highlights changes in wetlands over the past decade.

The United Nations recognized “World Wetlands Day” is celebrated on February 2 to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the same day in 1971.

Wetlands, often referred to as “liquid assets,” are the most crucial natural resources that help stabilize water supplies, clean polluted waters, protect shorelines, and recharge underground aquifers.

Two wetlands in Haryana – Sultanpur National Park in Gurugram and Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary in Jhajjar – were added to the Ramsar list last year.

The total number of wetlands in India to be recognized as Ramsar sites now stands at 49.

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