You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Save wetlands as they save humanity: Harsh Vardhan


Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister Harsh Vardhan today urged people to save wetlands as they save humanity by serving as a source of drinking water and reducing flooding.

On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day, the minister appealed to people to put their heart and soul into developing a strong movement for 'Green Good Deeds' in this country.

"They (wetlands) serve as a source of drinking water, reduce flooding and the vegetation of wetlands filters domestic and industrial waste and improves water quality. Save them, save humanity," the minister said.

"I think this is our Green Social Responsibility towards the society and the nation and of course for this whole planet," he said.

The minister also interacted with hundreds of school and college students, who came to observe the World Wetlands Day with him.

"It is our solemn duty to protect the rights of the children, who are yet to take birth. It is our duty also to ensure that we give back to our children an which is clean and green," he said.

An exhibition of posters on World Wetlands Day was also organised by the National Museum of Natural History, under the ministry.

The environment ministry in collaboration with forest department of Assam also organised the national-level celebration of World Wetlands Day (WWD), 2018, at Deepor Beel, a wetland site in Guwahati, today.

Environment secretary C K Mishra delivered the keynote address at the event.

Every year, February 2 is celebrated as World Wetlands Day, to mark the date of adoption of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

The Convention was adopted in 1971 at the Iranian City of Ramsar. India is a party to the Convention since 1982.

According to National Disaster Management Authority, over 40 million hectares, 12 per cent of land in India, is prone to floods and river erosion. Wetlands in India account for 4.7 per cent of the total geographical area.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, February 02 2018. 22:30 IST