Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary and Sultanpur National Park in Haryana, as well as Thol Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and Wadhvana Wetland in Gujarat, earned the classification.
Four new wetlands in India
have been designated as Ramsar sites
of international importance – two in Haryana
and two in Gujarat
– bringing the total number of such sites in the nation to forty- six, and area of 1,083,322 hectares.
The Ramsar list aims to protect a transnational network of wetlands that are critical to the survival of biological variety.
Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary and Sultanpur National Park in Haryana
, as well as Thol Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and Wadhvana Wetland in Gujarat
, earned the classification. While these are the first two wetlands in Haryana to be designated as Ramsar sites, Gujarat's Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
received the designation in 2012. The state of Uttar Pradesh
may have the most marshes, with 8 declared as wetlands. The convention is an intergovernmental pact that establishes a framework for national and international action to conserve and wisely use wetlands and their resources.
The news comes as India takes over as chair of the United Nations' Committee on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
, with the Indian government
leading transboundary cooperation to secure the Central Asian Flyway. The Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary
is the largest human-made freshwater wetland in Haryana. Around 250 bird species utilize the refuge as a feeding and roosting location year-round. More than 10 globally critically endangered species consider the area home, including the rare Egyptian Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Pallas's Fish Eagle, and Black-bellied Tern.