Thousands of wetlands across country under severe threat, their protection vital: Jairam Ramesh


PTI, Feb 20, 2024, 2:37 PM IST

Congress leader and former environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said thousands of wetlands across the country are under severe threat daily and asserted that their protection is vital as they are of great ecological significance.

In a post on X, Ramesh said the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the Caspian Sea in February 1971.

The then prime minister Indira Gandhi had sent India’s greatest ornithologist, Salim Ali, as India’s delegate.

”How this happened has been described in my book, ‘Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature’. It was Salim Ali who, more than anybody else, awakened the nation’s conscience to the protection of wetlands,” Ramesh said.

There are now 80 Ramsar sites across the country, with the maximum of 16 in Tamil Nadu and 10 in Uttar Pradesh, he pointed out.

Chilika in Odisha was the first wetland to be designated as a Ramsar site on October 1, 1981, he noted.

Ramesh said the pause of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra on Tuesday enabled a quick visit to the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary in Salon in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district — a Ramsar site.

It is about 2,000 acres in area and is a habitat for a variety of birds, prominent among which are cranes, he said.

”Thousands of wetlands across the country, which are not covered by the Ramsar Convention, are under severe threat daily. They are of great ecological significance and their protection is vital,” the former union environment minister said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Understanding bladder cancer: What we know and what we don’t

Mother of infant rescued from Chennai residential apartment dies by suicide

‘Rajiv’s life was short but ‘impactful’, liberalisation his legacy’

Money laundering probe: ED raids ex-DPIIT secretary Ramesh Abhishek

Mangaluru: Youth stabbed by friend over theft allegations

Infection from brain-eating amoeba kills 5-year-old girl in Kerala

Horrific accident at Shiradi Ghat: Mother and son from Bantwal killed

Related Articles More

Mother of infant rescued from Chennai residential apartment dies by suicide

‘Rajiv’s life was short but ‘impactful’, liberalisation his legacy’

Money laundering probe: ED raids ex-DPIIT secretary Ramesh Abhishek

Infection from brain-eating amoeba kills 5-year-old girl in Kerala

Mumbai registers lower voter turnout amid 5th phase polling

MUST WATCH

Peacock rescued from well

Popular Guruprasad Restaurant

Haralukote Shri Anjaneya Swamy |Udayavani

Caring For Your Newborn baby

Sri Lanka temple


Latest Additions

Understanding bladder cancer: What we know and what we don’t

Mother of infant rescued from Chennai residential apartment dies by suicide

‘Rajiv’s life was short but ‘impactful’, liberalisation his legacy’

Money laundering probe: ED raids ex-DPIIT secretary Ramesh Abhishek

Mangaluru: Youth stabbed by friend over theft allegations

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.