Addition of 10 Ramsar Sites

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:

NameStateKey facts to know
Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere ReserveTamil NaduIt 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 ComplexTamil NaduIt 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 SanctuaryTamil NaduIt is one of the oldest bird- protected areas in Tamil Nadu.
Vellode Bird SanctuaryTamil Nadu 
Koonthankulam Bird SanctuaryTamil NaduThis is the largest reserve for breeding resident and migratory water birds in South India. It forms part of Central Asian flyway.
Udhayamarthandapuram Bird
Sanctuary
Tamil NaduThe notable species observed at the site are oriental darter, glossy ibis, grey Heron & Eurasian spoonbill.
Satkosia GorgeOdisha                                                                                                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.
Sirpur WetlandMadhya PradeshProvides rich source of water and helps groundwater recharge in downstream areas.
Nanda LakeGoa 
Ranganathittu Bird SanctuaryKarnatakaImportant riverine wetland, rich in biodiversity.
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