by MT Yogesh Kumar
Mysore/Mysore: The wait of greater than six years is over and Ranganathittu Chook Sanctuary A Ramsar website has been declared close to Srirangapatna in Mandya district, underscoring its standing as a wetland of worldwide significance.
Ranganathittu is the primary Ramsar website in Karnataka to fulfill the standards outlined by the Ramsar Conference. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Setting, Forest and Local weather Change (MoEFCC) final night.
With Ranganathittu, 10 extra fowl sanctuaries and wetlands have been declared as Ramsar websites in India, taking the overall variety of such websites in India to 64. The Ramsar Checklist goals to develop and preserve a global community of wetlands, that are essential for conservation. To take care of world organic range and human life, by the upkeep of their ecosystem elements, processes and advantages.
The Conference to Shield Wetlands was signed in Ramsar, Iran in 1971. Member nations, together with India, underneath the conference, determine websites which may be essential for his or her eco-services and wealthy biodiversity. Wetlands – land areas lined by water, both seasonally or completely – play an essential function in flood management and as sources of water, meals, fiber and uncooked supplies.
Being designated as a Ramsar website doesn’t essentially invite further worldwide funds, however states and the Heart should be sure that these areas of land are protected and protected against man-made encroachment. Receiving this label additionally helps in its native tourism potential and its worldwide visibility.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Dr. V. Karikalan mentioned that Ranganathittu would get worldwide recognition as a Ramsar website. “We have now been striving for this for six years as Ranganathittu has met three to 4 of the 9 Ramsar standards associated to native flora, fauna and ecology. It will assist in additional boosting the ancillary biodiversity in addition to fowl conservation in Ranganathittu,” he mentioned.
A uncommon and wealthy ecosystem
Unfold over 67 hectares, the Ranganathittu Chook Sanctuary was declared in 1940 and is located in the course of river Kaveri. It’s an integral a part of the wetland system and is now unfold over 517.70 hectares, together with the place the place the river flows and the encircling wetlands.
Ranganathittu has 25 islands and finds a spot within the Vital Chook Areas (IBA) record of 42 websites in Karnataka which can be recognized by the Bombay Pure Historical past Society. The sanctuary is residence to 188 species of crops, 225 species of birds equivalent to Asian openbill, spot-billed pelican and black-headed ibis, 69 species of fish, 13 species of frogs, 98 species of medicinal crops and 30 species of butterflies.
It has a wholesome inhabitants – greater than 200 – crocodiles, smooth-coated otters and the endangered hump-backed mahseer fish. A number of forest officers, who had beforehand served in Mysore and who’re nonetheless serving in Mysore, have tried to get the Ramsar website acknowledged for Ranganathittu. These embrace the present DCF (Territorial) Okay.Okay. Kamala Karikalan, DCF (Wildlife) Dr. V. Karikalan, V. Yedukondalu, Siddaramappa Chalakapure, Alexander and Dr. KC Prashant Kumar.