A Ramsar site is a wetland site that considered to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty focusing on the conservation and judicial use of wetlands. The Ramsar Convention is named after the Iranian city of Ramsar, where the treaty was signed in 1971.
Four new Indian sites Â– two each from Haryana and Gujarat Â– were recognised as Ramsar sites recently. The two sites in Haryana Â– Sultanpur National Park and Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary Â– became the first in the state to receive this recognition. The other two sites in Gujarat are Thol and Wadhwana. With these, India currently has a total of 46 Ramsar sites.