Head To These 7 Wetlands In India Before They Disappear

Head To These 7 Wetlands In India Before They Disappear
A darter (snake-bird) in Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

According to the Ramsar List, India has 37 wetland sites.

Simrran Gill
February 02 , 2020
03 Min Read

World Wetlands Day marks the date of adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2,1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. 

What is a wetland? 
According to The Ramsar Convention, “wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres.” Fish ponds, rice paddies, depollution and stabilisation ponds, and saltpans are human-made wetlands.

World Wetlands Day 2020
The theme for World Wetlands Day this year is ‘Wetlands and Biodiversity’. According to United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), ‘the 2020 theme for World Wetlands Day is an opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters and to promote actions to reverse its loss.’The Ramsar list identifies 37 sites in India as wetlands, with 10 of them being added recently. They cover a total of 1,067,939 hectares in the country.

Though wetlands cover only around 6 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, 40 per cent of all plant and animal species live or breed in wetlands. According to UNEP, wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests due to human activities and global heating. This World Wetlands Day, we bring you 7 wetlands in India that you should visit before they are gone. 


CHANDERTAL WETLAND, Himachal Pradesh
Chandratal Lake in Himachal Pradesh

Chandra Taal (Moon Lake) in Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

HARIKE LAKE, Punjab
Water hyacinth and bird life at harike wetlands nature reserve in punjab

KEOLADEO GHANA NATIONAL PARK, Rajasthan
Greater flamingo flock in their natural habitat during early morning in the monsoon season in KGNP

A White-throated Kingfisher in KGNP

KOLLERU LAKE, Andhra Pradesh
A calm Lake Kolleru in Andhra PradeshA grey egret, Kolleru lake, Andhra Pradesh

NALSAROVAR BIRD SANCTUARY, Gujarat
A bird perching over the tall grass of Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

TSO MORIRI LAKE, Leh-Ladakh
The Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve

Tsomoriri Wetland's Desert Landscape

SASTHAMKOTTA LAKE, Kerala
A fishing boat resting during sunset at Sasthamkotta lake, Kerala




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