CHENNAI: The government of Tamil Nadu applies to 13 wetlands in the state to be awarded “Ramsar” Day, a coveted international award for environmental protection.
The state administration has already submitted the application to the Union Ministry for the Environment, Forests and Climate Change, according to sources from the Tamil Nadu Environment Ministry.
The Pallikaranai Wetlands in Chennai and the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve in Ramanathapuram are in the advanced stage of ‘Ramsar’ recognition by the ‘Ramsar’ Secretariat in Switzerland, by the 13 wetlands of the state government and the Tamil Nadu Wetland Authority ( TNWA) was shortlisted. After the recognition, the ministry has already promised the center that the state will preserve the wetlands according to Ramsar standards.
According to a study commissioned by the Tamil Nadu Wetlands Authority, the state has 43,916 wetlands, which make up 6.9% of the state’s total geographic area, compared with 4.7% at the national level.
The state’s Ministry of Environment has also stated that even if the wetlands are designated as “Ramsar” areas, it will not have a detrimental effect on the customary rights and privileges of local communities and will simply prevent problematic and unsustainable development.
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