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List of Ramsar sites in India

The list of Ramsar sites (related to wetland) in India comprises Indian wetlands deemed to be of "international importance" under the Ramsar Convention. For a full list of all Ramsar sites worldwide, see the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance.

According to WWF-India, wetlands are one of the most threatened of all ecosystems in India. Loss of vegetation, salinization, excessive inundation, water pollution, invasive species, excessive development and road building, have all damaged the country’s wetlands.[1]

List of Ramsar sites

(as of September 28, 2012)[2][3]

Name[3] Location Designated Area (km2) Description Image
1 Ashtamudi Wetland Kerala
19/08/02 614
2 Bhitarkanika Mangroves Orissa
19/08/02 650
3 Bhoj Wetland Madhya Pradesh
19/08/02 32
4 Chandra Taal Himachal Pradesh
08/11/05 .49
5 Chilika Lake Orissa 01/10/81 1165
6 Deepor Beel Assam 19/08/02 40
7 East Calcutta Wetlands West Bengal 19/08/02 125
8 Harike Wetland Punjab 23/03/90 41
9 Hokera Wetland Jammu and Kashmir 08/11/05 13.75
10 Kanjli Wetland Punjab 22/01/02 1.83
11 Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 01/10/81 28.73
12 Kolleru Lake Andhra Pradesh 19/08/02 901
13 Loktak Lake Manipur 23/03/90 266
14 Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary Gujarat 24/09/12 123
15 Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary Tamil Nadu 19/08/02 385
16 Pong Dam Lake Himachal Pradesh 19/08/02 156.62
17 Renuka Wetland Himachal Pradesh 08/11/05 .2
18 Ropar Punjab 22/01/02 13.65
19 Rudrasagar Lake Tripura 08/11/05 2.4
20 Sambhar Lake Rajasthan 23/03/90 240
21 Sasthamkotta Lake Kerala 19/08/02 3.73
22 Surinsar-Mansar Lakes Jammu and Kashmir 08/11/05 3.5
23 Tsomoriri Jammu and Kashmir 19/08/02 120 Largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, the lake is oligotrophic with alkaline water.
24 Upper Ganga River (Brijghat to Narora Stretch) Uttar Pradesh 08/11/05 265.9
25 Vembanad-Kol Wetland Kerala 19/08/02 1512.5
26 Wular Lake Jammu and Kashmir 23/03/90 189


  1. ^ There are total 25 recognized ramsar sites in India. "New Wetland Centre Inaugurated," WWF-India (January, 2006)
  2. ^ The Annotated Ramsar List: India
  3. ^ a b "Ramsar List". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 

External links

  • The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, "India plans 10 new Ramsar designations in WWD ceremonies" Press release (February 2, 2000)
  • WWF-India, "India highlights new Ramsar sites on World Wetlands Day" (2 February 2006)
  • Conservation of wetlands of India – a review by S.N. PRASAD1, T.V. RAMACHANDRA2, N. AHALYA2, T. SENGUPTA1, ALOK KUMAR1, A.K. TIWARI3, V.S. VIJAYAN1 & LALITHA VIJAYAN1; 1Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore 641108, 2Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore 560012, 3Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre, Dehradun, Uttaranchal 248001; Tropical Ecology 43(1): 173-186, 2002 ISSN 0564-3295; © International Society for Tropical Ecology. PDF [1]
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