The Bihar government has decided to claim the Ramsar site status for five major wetlands in the state.
- The five wetlands, whose proposals have been finalised for sending to the union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) for further processes, are Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga, Tal Baraila in Vaishali, Gogabil in Katihar, Nagi and Nakati dams in Jamui.
- Tal Baraila and Gogabil are natural structures while those in Jamui are man-made.
- Conservation of wetlands are important in keeping with the state government’s plan of making Bihar carbon neutral by 2040. “Wetlands are considered a major source for carbon sinking
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- Currently, Bihar has only one Ramsar site, Kabar Jheel in Begusarai, which was declared thus in August 2020.
- There are 75 Ramsar sites in the country, which are wetlands designated to be of international importance and protected under strict guidelines of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, as stipulated by the UNESCO in 1971.
Source: Hindustan Times
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