New Delhi, August 3
India has added 10 more wetlands, taking the total Ramsar sites to 64, Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav on Wednesday said.
The new sites include six wetlands from Tamil Nadu and one each from Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.
“Absolutely thrilled to inform that 10 more Indian wetlands have got Ramsar recognition as wetlands of international importance. This takes India’s tally of Ramsar sites to 64. Special congratulations to Odisha, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh,” Yadav tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed happiness saying “this will deepen our commitment to protect our natural surroundings”.
“Every environment lover will feel happy that 10 more wetlands in India have been designated as Ramsar sites. Last month, 5 sites achieved the same recognition. This will deepen our commitment to protect our natural surroundings,” PM Modi said.
So far, 64 wetlands covering an area of 12,50,361 ha have been designated as Ramsar Sites of International Importance from India.