Six other Tamil Nadu wetlands declared Ramsar sites; state count now 10

Six other wetlands in Tamil Nadu have been recognized as Wetlands of International Importance, i.e. Ramsar sites, the Union Environment Ministry announced on Wednesday. This now brings the state tally to 10 Ramsar sites.

The six wetlands in Tamil Nadu are Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve, Vembannur Wetland Complex, Vellode, Vedanthangal and Udhayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuaries.

Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Wednesday: “Extremely happy that 6 other wetlands in #TamilNadu (Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve, Vembannur Wetland Complex, Vellode, Vedanthangal and Udhayamarthandapuram bird sanctuaries) have achieved Ramsar Site recognition today.

“This brings to 10 the number of Ramsar recognitions of Tamil Nadu. This international recognition is a source of great pride and goes hand in hand with the Tamil Nadu Wetland Mission. I commend the TN Forest Department for this remarkable achievement,” Stalin added in a tweet.

Additional Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Supriya Sahu said, “Congratulations Tamil Nadu 🎉 We have just added another 6 Ramsar sites to our list of 4, reaching 1st position in India alongside UP with a total of 10 Ramsar sites. Congratulations to the whole #TNForest team.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It is also known as the Convention on Wetlands. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the convention was signed in 1971.

India is aiming to obtain Ramsar labels for 75 of its wetlands on the 75th anniversary of independence – so far 64 sites have been tagged, covering an area of ​​12,50,361ha.

A week earlier, three wetlands including Pallikaranai Swamps in Chennai, Karikili Bird Sanctuary in Chengalpattu District and Pichavaram Mangrove in Cuddalore District have been recognized as wetlands of international importance.

About the six Tamil Nadu wetlands recognized as Ramsar sites:

Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary is an artificial wetland that covers an area of ​​72.04 hectares. It is located at Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu and is the largest resident and migratory breeding waterfowl sanctuary in South India.

Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve is located on the southeast coast and is a unique marine environment rich in biodiversity. It is the first marine biosphere reserve in South and Southeast Asia.

Vembannur Wetland Complex is an artificial inland reservoir that forms the southern tip of peninsular India. This wetland is part of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and is therefore part of the BirdLife International Data Area. Around 250 species of birds have been recorded in the district.

Velode Bird Sanctuary is located in Vadamugam Velode village in Erode district of Tamil Nadu. Known locally as Periyakulam Yeri, it is one of the state’s 141 priority wetlands.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is one of the oldest bird protected areas in Chengalpattu district of Tamil Nadu. This freshwater wetland is a protected area for waterbirds, with a history dating back centuries. The inhabitants have protected this heronry and in return benefit from the manure-rich water of the lake.

Udhayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary is located in Tiruthuraipoondi taluk of Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu. It is an important migratory stopover and breeding ground for several species of waterbirds.

— With PTI inputs

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