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| Last Updated:: 13/09/2021

India establishes the largest network of Ramsar Sites in South Asia




by Ritesh Kumar



  • Designating 46 wetlands spanning 1.08 million hectares, India has created the largest network of Ramsar Sites in South Asia.
  • The Ramsar Sites have an international status because of their importance for the conservation of global biological diversity and for sustaining human life.
  • Ramsar Site designation is a stepping stone towards wetlands wise use. While site designation calls for celebration, it is actual conservation and management action at these sites that fulfils the objective of creating an international network of wetlands which can sustain biological diversity and support human well-being, write Ritesh Kumar in this commentary.
  • The views expressed in this commentary are that of the author.