East Kolkata Wetlands under threat, warns expert

East Kolkata Wetlands under threat, warns expert

An expert has warned that the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), a Ramsar site that nurtures the world's largest wastewater-fed aqua culture system and is also the city's natural cleansing system, is under threat.

Jun 07, 2017, 11:13 AM IST
Wetlands: Why we need to take care of them, what can we do?

Wetlands: Why we need to take care of them, what can we do?

Wetlands are also vital for plants and animals to survive. In fact they are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world that give innumerable services to mankind and countless species of plants and animals.

Feb 02, 2017, 09:45 AM IST
World Wetlands Day: Govt mulls greater role for state govts in managing wetlands

World Wetlands Day: Govt mulls greater role for state govts in managing wetlands

World Wetlands Day marks the adopting of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2 February in 1971.  

Feb 02, 2016, 12:04 PM IST

Forget pizza delivery, drones mapping high-altitude glaciers now

About five km high in the Peruvian Andes, drones are helping scientists map glaciers and wetlands with 10-cm precision and gauge how climate change will affect the people who rely on those glaciers for water supply.

Dec 16, 2015, 20:04 PM IST

NGT slams UP govt for failure to perform "statutory duty"

The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for failure to perform its "statutory duty" towards identification of wetlands in the state and directed it to complete the exercise within a period of three months in accordance with the law.

Mar 12, 2015, 19:07 PM IST

Swamps, wetlands may be key in fight against climate change

Swamps and wetlands could be 50 times more effective than rain forests in storing carbon, an Australian scientist researching the topic said Monday.

Feb 16, 2015, 17:58 PM IST

UAE to host Ramsar conference on wetlands in 2018

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) won the bid to host the Ramsar Convention on wetlands in 2018, seeing off China's challenge in the process.

Feb 08, 2015, 09:30 AM IST

Loss of wetlands aggravated floods in J&K: BNHS

Terming the Jammu and Kashmir floods as an ecological disaster, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) today said loss of wetlands, which act as a buffer for floods, aggravated the situation.

Sep 16, 2014, 18:06 PM IST

Forests, water bodies have declined in NCR: Naidu

Natural conservation zones like forests, water bodies and wastelands have declined in the National Capital Region (NCR) over the years, union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu informed the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

Aug 06, 2014, 20:59 PM IST

Hundreds of fish dying in Himachal wetlands

Hundreds of fish have died in Rewalsar wetlands near here in the past three days due to water toxicity, posing a serious threat to other aquatic fauna too, say wildlife experts.

May 15, 2014, 18:15 PM IST

Bombay HC bans reclamation of wetlands and construction in Maharashtra

In a significant order, the Bombay High Court today banned reclamation of wetlands as well as construction activities on them across Maharashtra.

Mar 19, 2014, 23:38 PM IST

Bombay HC asks Maha to have permanent mechanism to monitor wetlands

The Bombay High Court today suggested that the Maharashtra Government should constitute a permanent mechanism to monitor wetlands in the state so that encroachments do not take place in such areas.

Mar 11, 2014, 22:19 PM IST

Ban construction on wetlands in Maharashtra, HC tells govt

The Bombay High Court Monday asked the government to ban construction on all wetlands in Maharashtra which figure in the map prepared by the Central government.

Oct 14, 2013, 20:41 PM IST

Loss of wetlands caused disappearance of turtles from Alberta

Dramatic climate change was previously proposed to be responsible for the disappearance of turtles from Alberta`s Drumheller area 71-million-years ago.

Mar 15, 2013, 18:18 PM IST

Govt clears proposal for launch of Aquatic ecosystems plan

Efforts for conservation of wetlands and water bodies today received a big boost with the government clearing a proposal for rolling out a new scheme for preservation of the country`s rich flora and fauna.

Feb 07, 2013, 16:43 PM IST

ISRO prepares first national inventory of wetlands

A detailed national inventory of wetlands has been prepared on the basis of satellite imagery by ISRO.

Jun 20, 2011, 09:51 AM IST

No commercial activities on wetlands: Ramesh

Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said no commercial activity would
be allowed on wetlands.

Feb 02, 2011, 18:26 PM IST

Govt won`t allow commercial activities on wetlands: Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh today said no commercial activity would be allowed on wetlands.

Feb 02, 2011, 16:56 PM IST

Rules to conserve wetlands notified

The environment ministry notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 to ensure better conservation and management of existing wetlands in India.

Dec 02, 2010, 17:31 PM IST