Increasing number of wetlands in the country

This time, it is Ladakh which has contributed towards one more wetland being added into the existing number of 41 in the country under Ramsar Convention. It may be recalled that Ramsar Convention stands for “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat” signed in 1971 in Ramsar in Iran. The concept of “wise use” agreed into between the countries make it obligatory to preserve and protect these natural boons contributing towards controlling the environment and associated plant and animal life.
The high altitude wetland complex of two connected lakes StartsapukTso and TsoKar in Ladakh have been added into the list of wetlands giving push to the existing number in the country to 42. A matter of great joy for wetland lovers as the new addition is testing high on all international standards. Conservation of biological diversity is increasingly important for sustaining of human life as benefits of these wetlands are enormous, primarily in soaking rainfall, building water tables and providing water on replenishing basis. Ladakh, therefore, has earned one more feather in its cap of natural boons of beauty and benefit being recognised at international levels.