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Lonar lake in Maharashtra and Keetham lake in UP added to Ramsar sites

18th November, 2020 Environment

Context: India has added two more Ramsar sites.

  • They are Lonar lake in Maharashtra which is the only crater lake of the country while the other is Sur Sarovar, also known as Keetham lake in Agra of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Wetlands are the world's natural water filters and one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet.

 Ramsar Convention     

  • The Ramsar Convention signed on 2nd February, 1971, is one of the oldest inter-governmental accord signed by member countries to preserve the ecological character of their wetlands of international importance.
  • The aim of the Ramsar list is to develop and maintain an international network of wetlands which are important for the conservation of global biological diversity and for sustaining human life through the maintenance of their ecosystem components, processes and benefits.
  • Wetlands declared as Ramsar sites are protected under strict guidelines of the convention.