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.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Radhey Mohan Misra Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 09/08/2016. This application seeks declaration and identification of Ramgarh Taal as a wet land in accordance with the provisions of Wet Land (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010.

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.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Conservation of wetlands, 25/07/2016. As per National Wetland Atlas published by the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad in 2011, there are a total of 7,57,060 wetlands in the country occupying 15.26 million hectare area (around 4.63% of the geographic area of the country). These include lakes/ponds, ox-bow lakes, high altitude & riverine wetlands, waterlogged areas, rivers/streams, tanks, reservoirs, lagoons, creeks, sand beaches, corals, mangroves, mud flats, salt pans, aquaculture ponds, etc.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Anand Arya Vs. Union of India dated 22/07/2016 regarding state of wetlands in India. Tribunal directs the Ministry of Environment & Forests, & CC to file an Affidavit stating as to how many times till date the Central Wet Lands Regulatory Authority has met and the dates and Minutes thereof and asked the Central Wet Lands Regulatory Authority to meet henceforth every month and take up matter of all the States in relation to identification and notification of wet lands all over the country.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on National Wetland Conservation Programme, 18/07/2016. 115 wetlands in 24 States and two Union Territories are identified for conservation and management under the NWCP. The State-wise/year-wise list of these wetlands is given in Annexure-I. The State Governments undertake activities for conservation and management of wetlands funded under NWCP/NPCA through its concerned agencies. The Ministry and the State Level Steering Committees monitor the implementation/execution of the programme.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Conservation of Wetlands, 03/05/2016. The Ministry has so far, identified 115 wetlands in 24 States and two Union Territories for conservation and management under the National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP). The State-wise list of these wetlands is given in Annexure.

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