Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary

The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS) has been designated as a Ramsar site by the Convention on Wetlands, making it a “Wetland of International Importance”. This new status makes TCFS part of an international network dedicated to the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources, which will contribute to sustainable development.

What is a Ramsar site?

A Ramsar site is a wetland area that has been identified by the Ramsar Convention as being of international significance. The Ramsar Convention is an international environmental agreement that establishes a framework for national action and international cooperation in the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It was formally adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971, hence the name of the convention.

Importance of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary

The TCFS, which spans an area of 1,690.5 hectares, is the first Ramsar Wetland in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) once the proposal has been cleared. According to a report by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the Thane Creek is home to 167 species of birds, 45 species of fish, 59 species of butterflies, and 67 species of insects. It is also home to 12 true mangrove species and 39 associate mangrove species, making it one of the most important bird habitats in the region.

In addition to its diverse wildlife, the Thane Creek is also an important dividing line between the city of Mumbai and its suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai.

Cautionary note on the TCFS Satellite Wetlands

While the designation of the TCFS as a Ramsar site is certainly welcome news, B N Kumar, Director of NatConnect Foundation, has sounded a cautionary note by drawing attention to the gross neglect of six wetlands that form part of the TCFS Satellite Wetlands. It is important that the conservation and wise use of these wetlands and their resources is also prioritized in order to fully realize the benefits of the Ramsar designation.

The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary’s designation as a Ramsar site is a recognition of its importance as a wetland and its rich biodiversity. It is now a part of an international network dedicated to the conservation and wise use of wetlands, which will contribute to sustainable development. However, it is important that the conservation and wise use of the TCFS Satellite Wetlands is also prioritized in order to fully realize the benefits of this designation.

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