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As of December 2020, how many RAMSAR sites does India have?
1. 47
2. 38
3. 49
4. 42

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : 42

The correct answer is 42.

  • As of December 2020, 42 RAMSAR sites does India have.

  • The global treaty popularly known as Ramsar Convention was adopted in 1971.
  • The treaty came into force on February 01, 1982, in India.
  • By 2019, India had 37 Ramsar sites covering about 10,679.39 sq km of land.
  • The detailed overviews by SANDRP of previous Ramsar sites can be seen here for North, North East, East-West and South regions apart from a national overview highlighting key issues.
  • As part of our annual efforts to highlight the state of India’s wetlands, SANDRP has recently published detailed overviews 2020 on positive wetlands developments status of wetlands & mangroves in Maharashtra and the overall progress on wetlands in past one year.
  • On Feb 2 2021, the World Wetlands Day, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands would also complete its 50 years.
  • In 2020, five new sites have been added to the list taking the total Ramsar sites numbers to 42 spreading over 10814.38 sq km area.

  • The global treaty popularly known as Ramsar Convention was adopted in 1971.
  • And came into force in 1975 following decades of negotiations.
  • The main objective of the treaty is to promote conservation and wise use of all wetlands through regional actions and international cooperation.
  • Currently, the treaty has been accepted by 171 nations including India.
  • There are 2414 Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar treaty spreading over 254,540,512 ha of lands across the globe.

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