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National Ganga Mission Begins Conservation of wetlands

National Ganga Mission Begins Conservation of wetlands

The National Mission for Clean Ganga-NMCG under its 'Namami Gange' program has taken up an initiative to conserve wetlands in the Ganga River Basin.

Key Points:

  • Deoria Tal is one of the high altitude wetlands in Uttarakhand. It is an untouched marvel of nature. 
  • There are many such wetlands, which are highly productive ecosystems that support rich biodiversity and provide a wide range of ecosystem services like water supply, purification, and waste assimilation.
  • The primary difference in the Namami Gange Project is to rejuvenate the river through an increase in the base flow, aquifers recharge and also conservation of wetlands. 
  • It considers so because it forms the part of one of our 'Aviral Dhara' which is to maintain the environmental flow in the river. 
  • So, wetland plays a majorly important role in that and the first step to conserve wetlands in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.

About Wetland conservation:

  • The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty. 
  • It was established in 1971 by UNESCO. 
  • It is a treaty that was signed for the conservation of wetland. 
  • There are 27 Ramsar sites in India.

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