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Addition of 10 Ramsar Sites
News: Recently, India has added 10 more Ramsar sites, or wetlands that are of international importance, taking the number of such sites to 64.
• Just in the past week, India added 5 new wetlands of international importance – The Karikili Bird sanctuary, Pichavaram Mangrove and Pallikaranai Marsh reserve (all in Tamil Nadu), Sakhya sagar (MP) and Pala wetland (Mizoram).
Following are the list of new Ramsar Sites:
|Key facts to know
|Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve
|It is the first Marine Biosphere Reserve in South & South -East Asia.
And It is one of the most biologically diverse regions in India.
|Vembannur Wetland Complex
|It is a human-made inland tank. It forms the southernmost tip of peninsular India further it forms part of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)
|Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
|It is one of the oldest bird- protected areas in Tamil Nadu.
|Vellode Bird Sanctuary
|Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary
|This is the largest reserve for breeding resident and migratory water birds in South India. It forms part of Central Asian flyway.
|The notable species observed at the site are oriental darter, glossy ibis, grey Heron & Eurasian spoonbill.
|It spreads along the magnificent gorge over the mighty river Mahanadi. Satkosia is the meeting point of two biogeographic regions of India, the Deccan Peninsula and the Eastern Ghats, contributing immense biodiversity.
|Provides rich source of water and helps groundwater recharge in downstream areas.
|Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
|Important riverine wetland, rich in biodiversity.