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KNP likely to be included in Wetlands list

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 3 - Expressing concern over the shrinking wetlands, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar hinted at the possibility of including the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in the list of wetlands by the Centre.

The Minister�s assurance came during a Question Hour discussion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, when replying to questions he said that a State Forest Ministers� conference has been convened next month to discuss among others things, the issue of wetlands in the wildlife sanctuaries.

In reply to a question by Gaurav Gogoi, the Union Minister said that he has visited both KNP and Loktak Lake in Manipur. �There are such beautiful wetlands in the country,� he said.

�If we have to protect our wetlands in our country, we have to think about increasing the Budget. If the Budget increases then the provisions for wetlands will also increase,� he said.

So far, the Ministry has identified 115 wetlands in 24 States under the National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP).

In Assam, Deepor Beel, Urpad Beel and Sone Beel have been identified under the NWCP, the Minister disclosed.

�The Ministry proposes to undertake management of wetlands in the wildlife sanctuaries. Fodder and water conservation is a major programme that the Centre proposes to undertake,� he said.

The Minister admitted that a few wetlands in the country have reportedly been impacted due to rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, various developmental activities and other anthropogenic pressures. �The Ministry has been implementing two separate programmes, including National Wetland Conservation Programme and National Lake Conservation Plan, for conservation and management of identified lakes and wetlands in the country,� he said.

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KNP likely to be included in Wetlands list

NEW DELHI, May 3 - Expressing concern over the shrinking wetlands, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar hinted at the possibility of including the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in the list of wetlands by the Centre.

The Minister�s assurance came during a Question Hour discussion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, when replying to questions he said that a State Forest Ministers� conference has been convened next month to discuss among others things, the issue of wetlands in the wildlife sanctuaries.

In reply to a question by Gaurav Gogoi, the Union Minister said that he has visited both KNP and Loktak Lake in Manipur. �There are such beautiful wetlands in the country,� he said.

�If we have to protect our wetlands in our country, we have to think about increasing the Budget. If the Budget increases then the provisions for wetlands will also increase,� he said.

So far, the Ministry has identified 115 wetlands in 24 States under the National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP).

In Assam, Deepor Beel, Urpad Beel and Sone Beel have been identified under the NWCP, the Minister disclosed.

�The Ministry proposes to undertake management of wetlands in the wildlife sanctuaries. Fodder and water conservation is a major programme that the Centre proposes to undertake,� he said.

The Minister admitted that a few wetlands in the country have reportedly been impacted due to rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, various developmental activities and other anthropogenic pressures. �The Ministry has been implementing two separate programmes, including National Wetland Conservation Programme and National Lake Conservation Plan, for conservation and management of identified lakes and wetlands in the country,� he said.