Source: The post is based on the article “Mission Sahbhagita to enable a society ownership approach for participatory conservation and wise use of Wetlands” published in PIB on 16th March 2023
What is the News?
The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has informed Lok Sabha about the steps taken for the conservation of wetlands.
What are the steps taken by the government for the conservation of wetlands?
Wetlands authorities have been constituted in States/UTs through Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 for notification, conservation and management of wetlands.
National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems(NPCA): It is a Centrally Sponsored scheme. It is a conservation programme for the management of identified wetlands (including lakes) in the country on cost sharing basis between the Central Government and respective State Governments / Union Territories.
– The scheme covers various activities such as interception, diversion and treatment of wastewater, shoreline protection, lakefront development, in-situ cleaning i.e. desilting & de-weeding, stormwater management, bioremediation, catchment area treatment, lake beautification etc.
Mission Sahbhagita: It is an important step towards participatory conservation and wise use of wetlands to enable a society ownership approach with communities leading at the forefront.
Wetlands of India Portal: The portal is a dynamic knowledge repository for wetlands – one of the world’s most productive ecosystems.
– The portal has been developed under the Indo-German project on “Wetlands Management for Biodiversity and Climate Protection” (2018-2023).