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Inland Wetlands of India - Conservation Atlas


By: SN Prasad, AK Tiwari, A Kumar, P Kaushik and L Vijayan

222 pages, Maps

Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #171639 | ISBN: 819021361X
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The wetland habitats, extant in various bioclimatic and biogeographic zones in India, are some of the richest and fascinating biomes. Wetlands, variously estimated to be occupying 1-5 per cent of geographical area of the country, support about a fifth of the known biodiversity. However, there is a looming threat to the aquatic biodiversity as they are often under a regime of unsustainable human pressures leading to extensive loss of wetlands and wetland biodiversity. The situation warrants radical remedial measures to stem these mounting losses.

Towards, achieving this goal, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has initiated several measures including identification of over 30 wetlands across the country for long-term conservation. Out of these, 19 have been declared as Ramsar Sites. Consequently, there is a greater need now, than ever to identify more wetlands representing various biogeographic zones of the country for long-term conservation.

The very purpose of the Conservation Atlas is to provide such basic information that is required for prioritization of wetlands for conservation at various levels. The individual wetland sites, however, need to be described at a greater depth, based upon the district and state level information. The information provided in the atlas is targeted for stakeholders in both wetland habitat and species conservation.


Contents: Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Aerial extend of Inland Wetlands in India. 1. Andhra Pradesh. 2. Arunachal Pradesh. 3. Assam. 4. Bihar and Jharkhand. 5. Gujarat. 6. Haryana. 7. Himachal Pradesh. 8. Jammu and Kashmir. 9. Karnataka. 10. Kerala. 11. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. 12. Maharashtra. 13. Manipur. 14. Meghalaya. 15. Mizoram. 16. Nagaland. 17. Orissa. 18. Punjab. 19. Rajasthan. 20. Sikkim. 21. Tamil Nadu. 22. Tripura. 23. Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. 24. West Bengal. 25. National database on wetlands. 26. Meta data on Inland wetlands. 27. Spatial database of select wetland themes. 28. Aquatic plants. 29. Aquatic birds. 30. Fish samples collection sites. 31. Proposed Inland Wetland Ramsar Sites and their distribution. Appendix. Select bibliography.

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