The International Wetland Day was celebrated throughout the world on February 2. If one goes by the wetlands in Uttar Pradesh, it is a bleak scene altogether. According to the 1996 report of the Remote Sensing Centre, the total number of wetlands in the state were 2508 but they are also disappearing at the rate of 1.2 per cent per year.
Mumbai: Dotted with estuaries, marshlands and rivers and surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea, Mumbai, with its own coral reef, is truly a city of wetlands. But they are disappearing fast, losing out to development.
In 2000, it took a military operation to halt the march of water hyacinth in Harike, one of the internationally protected wetlands in India, famous for a large number of birds, both local and migratory. The invasive hyacinth problem was squeezing the life out of its 41-square-metre area for some time.
Wetlands have for long remained undefined and there has not been any special enactments for their conservation although they are providing crucial ecosystem services and are sensitive ecosystems with high biodiversity values. In this background the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) effort in drafting the notification on Regulatory Framework for Wetland Conservation in