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Items of Work Handled

Ramsar Convention –  India became a party to the Convention on 01.02.1982 .The Wetlands Division of MoEF&CCis the nodal point for implementation of the Convention in the Country. The Contracting Parties meet every three years to assess progress in implementing the Convention and wetland conservation, share knowledge and experience on technical issues and plan for the next triennium.

NPCA – The Ministry  implements a centrally sponsored scheme namely, National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems (NPCA) for conservation and management of  wetlands in the country on cost sharing basis between Central Government and respective State/UT Governments (60:40 percentage sharing between Central Govt. and State Govt., 90:10 percentage sharing between Central Govt. and North Eastern States and 100% Central Govt. funded for Union Territories).

Capacity Building and Outreach – For raising awareness amongst all the stakeholders and keeping them abreast of the new developments,  regional workshops on Conservation and Management of Wetlands are organized. Booklets and Guidelines are also prepared and circulated to the States.

 Regulatory Framework – The Ministry has notified Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 as regulatory framework for conservation and management of wetlands in the Country.