The health and livelihoods of people in rural and peri-urban areas in developing countries is often strongly related to ecosystems services and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Although provision of both is integral to water

Manoj Anand

Assam's environment ministry has identified four wetlands: Jon-Beel, Kaziranga, Dhar Beel and Bordoibam Bilmukh.
It is pushing for their status as Ramsar sites.

The State Government has submitted a proposal to the Centre for the preservation of all the wetlands in Assam, said the Minister in charge of Environment and Forest, Rockybul Hussain. In reply to a Zero Hour question by Ananta Deka (CPM) in the State Assembly today, the Minister said that the State has 3513 wetlands covering an area of 101239 hectares.

The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), conducted each year in January, is a waterbird and wetland-monitoring programme initiated in 1987 within the framework of the International Waterbird Census. This report summarises the results of the AWC from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries.

Coimbatore: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent charge) Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said that the Ministry would widely expand projects for conservation of inland wetlands and coastal areas facing the threat of destruction.

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SHARING A POINT: Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh having a word with the principal Jose T.Mathew (left), during his visit to the Central Academy for State Forest Service in Coimbatore on Sunday.

Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems and play an important role in maintaining of biodiversity. The wetlands of Bangladesh serve a diverse habitat of various flora and fauna.

Conservation is a tricky thing. It's about finding the balance between the needs of wildlife and mankind. It's about preserving what exists, saving what's diappearing, and encouraging what's naturally developing. WWT's (Wildlife & Wetlands Trust) work in Koshi Tappu, Nepal is a fascinating project that requires careful dedication to all these balances. In a nutshell, Koshi Tappu is a wetland that has been fished by local communities for generations upon generations.

Kachchh, the second largest district in the country (45,652 sq. km), is located in the north-western region of Gujarat. In spite of being arid, Kachchh district has 80.21% of the total wetlands area in Gujarat2 (21.77 lakh ha).

Hyderbad, Sept. 22: A division bench comprising Justice Goda Raghuram and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan of Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday stayed the construction of a thermal power plant at Bhavanapadu of Santhabommali mandal in Srikakulam district for three weeks.

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