Chennai: India’s First Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM)
The Central government has recently announced to set up a new Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM) in Chennai. This centre will come up to address knowledge gaps and specific research needs in the conservation and management of wetlands.
- The centre will set up a Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- The centre would be a part of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, an institution under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
- CWCM will also play a major role in designing and implementing regulatory frameworks and policies, monitoring, management planning, and targeted research for the conservation of wetlands.
- It will also act as a knowledge hub and enable exchange between wetland authorities in States/Union Territories, wetland researchers, managers, practitioners, policy-makers, and users.
- The centre will help in building networks and partnerships with relevant international and national agencies.
Wetlands in India
India has a total of 42 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance or Ramsar sites. Wetlands cover around 4.6% of Indian landmass or nearly 15.26 million hectares of area. February 2 is observed as World Wetlands Day. This year, the day marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands at Ramsar in Iran in 1971.