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Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

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Considered among the most productive ecosystems on the planet, wetlands account for 4.7% of India's total geographical area. Wetlands are defined as submerged or water saturated lands, which may be natural or artificial, inland or situated in a coastal area, permanent or temporary, having static or flowing water, vegetated or non-vegetated, which necessarily have a land-water interface. According to the Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, 2,01,503 wetlands are spread across the entire nation with Gujarat recording the highest proportion. These wetlands are generally classified into lacusterine, marine, estuarine, riverine and palustrine. Importance of Wetlands Wetlands serve numerous functions, such as: Agricultural benefits: From acting as a source of irrigation to rechargi...
MoEFCC Invites Suggestions for Wetlands Conservation Rules 2016

MoEFCC Invites Suggestions for Wetlands Conservation Rules 2016

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The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India invites suggestions and objections to its Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016. The Draft Rules are available on the Ministry's website and can be accessed by clicking here. Objection and suggestion to these draft Rule may be submitted by 6th June 2016 and can be sent to the: Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Indira Paryavaran Bhavan Jorbagh Road New Delhi-110003 or electronically e-mailed to b.sikka@gov.in, ram.jindal@nic.in and c.singh@nic.in
Environment Minister’s Message on World Wetlands Day

Environment Minister’s Message on World Wetlands Day

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World wetlands day is celebrated every year on 2nd February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The day is celebrated as a reminder of the importance of wetlands in our lives through the various services that they provide. It is also a reminder to all the citizens of Delhi that we once had over 1,000 wetlands and less than 400 active wetlands remain in the NCT of Delhi today. Following is the message of the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day. The theme for World Wetlands Day 2016 is Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods. "The World Wetlands Day,...
Invite: World Wetlands Day 2015 Celebration at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Invite: World Wetlands Day 2015 Celebration at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

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Wetlands provide a multitude of benefits to humanity that include filtering our water, ensuring biodiversity protection and mitigating climate change. Yet scientific estimates show that 64% of the world's wetlands have disappeared since 1900 and the remaining ones are being degraded. To raise awareness on the importance of wetlands to humanity and highlight their role in protecting 'our common environment', 2nd February is celebrated as the World Wetlands Day each year. This date marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The Yamuna Biodiversity Park in North Delhi celebrates the World Wetlands Day each year with great fervor and excitement. This year too, the Yamuna Biodiversity Pa...
World Wetlands Day 2012 Highlights Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation

World Wetlands Day 2012 Highlights Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation

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The 2nd of February each year is celebrated globally as the World Wetlands Day! It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. They occur where the water table is at or near the surface of the land, or where the land is covered by water.  Because of the many cleansing benefits of wetlands, they are often called the kidneys of the ecosystem. This is an interesting metaphor since like kidneys, wetlands help control water flow and cleanse the system.The Ramsar Convention is the primary Convention working for the protection and conservation of wetlands and associated
Be Water Wise: Delhi Greens Invites All to Dilli Haat, Pitampura on World Water Day 2011

Be Water Wise: Delhi Greens Invites All to Dilli Haat, Pitampura on World Water Day 2011

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International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of the WWD 2011 is 'Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge'. Delhi Greens and the Dept. of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi invite all to come take the "BE WATER WISE" pledge on this day and become a water warrior! Delhi is the most rapidly urbanizing mega center in the country with an ever increasing population pressure which makes sustaining its urban growth a big challenge. A key factor determining urban sustainability is water and ensuring adequate water for all is indeed a task which is easier said than done. This challenge may only deepen and take the f...
Invite: World Wetlands Day Celebration at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Invite: World Wetlands Day Celebration at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

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The Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) invites all citizens to celebrate the World Wetlands Day on the 2nd of February. This date marks the signing of the 'Convention on Wetlands' in 1971 at Ramsar, Iran. The 2010 Wetlands Day theme is "Caring for Wetlands – an Answer to Climate Chang". The theme highlights the fact that wetlands, with their biodiversity, can help mitigate climate change. Date: 2nd February, 2010 Time: 10.30 am Venue: Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Jharoda Majra, Ahead of Wazirabad and Jagatpur Villages (10 mins drive from the DU Metro Station) The YBP has been established in Delhi to recreate the locally extinct biodiversity of Yamuna river basin. The almost seven years old biodiversity park now harbours a wide range of ecosystems of river basin which support more than
Blame Game of Agencies, victimising Delhi’s Greens

Blame Game of Agencies, victimising Delhi’s Greens

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                “….this is not my job” “…this was a part of work that had been assigned to you…” We often came across such phrases in our day-to-day lives whether it’s an ongoing sibling fight, a couple’s argument, or the political parties blame game. A similar feud is now on between PWD (Public Works Department) and DDA (Delhi Development Authority), over the restoration of the ‘Neela Hauz’- a once beautiful waterbody near Aruna Asaf Ali Road. Although DDA claims ownership of Neela Hauz, it states that since PWD was constructing a flyover across it, it was PWD’s responsibility to restore the lake. But PWD seems to have a different say altogether. According to PWD, it was only to restore that area which was under cons

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