World Wetlands Day 2022

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  • February 8, 2022
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World Wetlands Day 2022

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Environment 

Context: Union Minister for Environment addressed the national level celebration of World Wetlands day 2022 held at Sultanpur National Park, a Ramsar site of Haryana.

Key takeaways 

  • World Wetlands Day is observed every year on February 2nd all over the world.
  • It is celebrated to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet.
  • This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
  • Theme of World Wetlands Day: “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”, 

New Ramsar sites

  • Two new Ramsar sites (Wetlands of International Importance), Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in U.P were also announced 
    • Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in UP provides a safe wintering and staging ground for a large number of species of the Central Asian Flyway.
    • Khijadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is a coastal wetland with rich avifaunal diversity providing a safe habitat to endangered and vulnerable species.
  • India now has a network of 49 Ramsar sites covering an area of 10,93,636 hectares, the highest in South Asia.

News source: IE 

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