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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 18:12 IST

Indore, Bhopal & Udaipur nominated for global wetland recognition - Details here

India has taken a significant step towards environmental conservation by nominating its prominent cities Indore, Bhopal, and Udaipur for prestigious wetland tag

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Indore, Bhopal & Udaipur nominated for global wetland recognition
Indore, Bhopal & Udaipur nominated for global wetland recognition | Image:ANI
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India has taken a significant step towards environmental conservation by nominating three of its prominent cities, Indore, Bhopal, and Udaipur for the prestigious International Wetland City accreditation under the Ramsar Convention. This move aims to showcase the nation's commitment to preserving natural and man-made wetlands, offering global recognition for the efforts in safeguarding these vital ecosystems.

Nominations and Significance: The Ministry of Environment has revealed that the nominations for the Wetland City Accreditation have been submitted based on proposals received from state wetland authorities in collaboration with municipal cooperation. These nominations highlight the crucial role these cities play in sustaining wetlands, emphasizing the environmental, social, and cultural benefits they provide.

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Wetland City Accreditation: The Ramsar Convention, during COP12 in 2015, introduced voluntary Wetland City Tags to promote the conservation and wise use of urban and peri-urban wetlands. This initiative aims to preserve sustainable practices and maintain local species populations. The accreditation, if successful, will place Indore, Bhopal, and Udaipur on the global map for their commitment to wetland conservation.

Importance of Wetlands in Nominated Cities: According to the Environment Ministry, wetlands around the nominated cities are not just natural habitats but also serve as essential components for the well-being of citizens. They play a crucial role in flood regulation, provide livelihood opportunities, and hold significant cultural values for the local communities. Specific wetlands, such as Sirpur Wetland & Yashwant Sagar in Indore, Bhoj Wetland in Bhopal, and various others in and around Udaipur, are considered lifelines for these cities.

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Collaborative Efforts: The nominations are a result of collaborative efforts between state wetland authorities and municipal cooperation. This partnership signifies a collective dedication to environmental sustainability, showcasing how different levels of governance can work together for a common cause.

India's decision to nominate Indore, Bhopal, and Udaipur for International Wetland City accreditation marks a significant milestone in the nation's commitment to environmental conservation. If successful, these cities will join the global community of Wetland Cities, contributing to the preservation of urban and peri-urban wetlands and setting an example for sustainable practices worldwide.

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The recognition under the Ramsar Convention reflects the importance of these cities in maintaining the delicate balance between urban development and environmental preservation.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 18:12 IST

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