Save Wetlands Campaign Concludes With Success

  • The ‘Save Wetlands Campaign’ launched by MoEF&CC on World Wetlands Day 2023, aimed to promote wetlands conservation at all levels of society. 
  • The campaign included ground truthing for 77000+ wetlands, preparation of Health Cards for 6000+ wetlands, and partnering with the Ministry of Tourism to enhance livelihood options for local communities. 
  • The campaign was implemented at a Pan-India level, with Ramsar Sites serving as model sites for their respective States/UTs. 
  • Over 6400 events were conducted throughout the year to engage citizens and sensitize them to wetlands management and conservation. 
  • A social media campaign was conducted to raise mass awareness about the importance of wetlands in daily life, reaching over 1 million citizens over three months. 
  • The Government of India has decided to continue the activities within the SWC, in line with the principle of ‘Conservation through participation and prosperity through conservation’.

 

Amrit Dharohar Initiative and Save Wetlands Campaign 

 

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has collaborated with various organizations to promote the Save Wetlands Campaign. 
  • The initiative has enhanced nature tourism around Ramsar Sites, developed digital educational content for school students, and engaged school and college students in various activities. 
  • Over 600 People’s Biodiversity Registers (PBRs) around the Ramsar Sites were updated, engaging local Biodiversity Management Committees. 
  • The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) developed a floral and faunal inventory of 75 Ramsar Sites. 
  • MoEF&CC developed a curriculum for training programs on nature tourism and wetlands livelihoods to enhance livelihood opportunities for local communities. 
  • Activities were conducted in collaboration with NMNH and EIACP, reaching out to more than 1.6 lakh students through eco-clubs in schools and colleges. 
  • The Guidelines for implementation of the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) have been revised to introduce a Framework Management Plan. 
  • India has submitted a nomination to the Ramsar Secretariat for the inclusion of three cities, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh and Udaipur in Rajasthan, as Wetlands Cities under the voluntary Ramsar Wetland City Accreditation scheme under the Ramsar Convention.
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