New Delhi : India adds 10 more wetlands designated as Ramsar sites to make total 64 sites covering an area of 12,50,361 ha in the country. The 10 new sites include: Six (6) sites in Tamil Nadu and One (1) each in Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. Designation of these sites would help in conservation and management of wetlands and wise use of their resources. Now, India stands at first position jointly with China.
India is one of the Contracting Parties to Ramsar Convention, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. India signed it on 1st Feb 1982. So far 64 wetlands covering an area of 12,50,361 ha have been designated as Ramsar Sites of International Importance from India, till date.
10 wetlands designated as Ramsar sites
Name of wetland
Area in Ha
Date of Designation
Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary
Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve
Vembannur Wetland Complex
Vellode Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Udhayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary
Total area of 10 wetlands
TOTAL area of 64 Ramsar Sites in India (After designation of 10 more sites as above)