The new rules, notified by the environment ministry, decentralise wetlands management by giving states powers to not only identify and notify wetlands within their jurisdictions but also keep a watch on prohibited activities.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Management of Wetlands, 25/07/2017. 115 wetlands in 24 States and two Union Territories have been identified for conservation and management under the National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP) of the Ministry. The State-wise list of these wetlands is given in Annexure - I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Protection of Lakes/Ponds, 21/03/2017. The Central Government has notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to regulate various activities within the notified wetlands, including lakes and ponds.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Preservation of Wetlands, 14/03/2017. 115 wetlands in 24 States and two Union Territories have been identified for conservation and management under the National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP) of the Ministry. The State-wise list of these wetlands is given in Annexure.

The ministry has also asked all the state governments to celebrate the World Wetlands Day in their respective states in a befitting manner.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. K. Balakrishnan & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 31/01/2017 regarding wetland conservation in India.

Apex Court wants to whether the Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016 which were said to have been circulated some time in March, 2016 have been finalized or not and, if not, reasons for the delay. Supreme Court also asks the Union of India to specify the steps taken to preserve the 26 wetlands covered by the Ramsar Convention, 1971.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on National Wetland Conservation Programme, 29/11/2016. The National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP) has been merged in
February, 2013 with another scheme of National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) to avoid overlap and promote better synergy into a new integrated scheme of National

It has always been an open secret, discussed and debated after the December floods last year.

The Standing Committee on Water Resources (2015-16) present the Tenth Report on “Repair, Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies- Encroachment on Water Bodies and Steps Required to Remove the Encroachment and Restore the Water Bodies”.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Protection of Wetlands, 26/07/2016. For conservation and management of identified wetlands in the country, the scheme of National Wetlands Conservation Programme (NWCP) was implemented till the year 2012-13.

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