March 21, 2023
  • The Uttar Pradesh irrigation department drained out Haiderpur wetland, a protected Ramsar site that some believe to be the best upland in North India, forcing tens of thousands of migratory birds to leave the most prominent bird site in western Uttar Pradesh.
  • Haiderpur Wetland is a human made wetland formed in 1984 by the construction of the Madhya Ganga Barrage on a floodplain of Ganga.
  • It is located within the boundaries of Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Species: It supports species like the critically endangered gharial and hog deer (EN), black-bellied tern (EN), Indian skimmer (EN) and golden mahseer(EN).
  • Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
  • India has 75 Ramsar sites.
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