Today is World Wetlands Day. The day marks adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on shores of the Caspian Sea. It was established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. The theme of this year is “Wetlands and Climate Change”.
The theme highlights the importance of healthy and intact wetlands to one of the most pressing challenges of climate change. Speaking at an event organized to mark the occasion, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar stressed on convergence between various Ministries and also between Centre and States to save wetlands in the country.
He said, India has a wealth of wetland ecosystems which support diverse and unique habitats and if the wetlands are not saved there will be cascading effects on the ecosystem. (AIR NEWS)