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About Harike wetland

Context

According to the recent water bird census, the Harike wetland witnessed a decline in migratory birds’ arrival this year.

Relevance:

GS III: Environment and Ecology

About Harike wetland:

  • Harike Wildlife Sanctuary, known locally as “Hari-ke-Pattan,” is a significant wetland in northern India. Here are some key facts about the wetland:
  • Located at the confluence of two major rivers, Sutlej and Beas, in Punjab.
  • Originated in 1953 due to the construction of a barrage on the Sutlej River.
  • It is one of the largest wetlands in northern India and spreads across three districts of Punjab: Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, and Kapurthala.
  • The wetland has been designated as one of the Ramsar sites in India, signifying its international importance as a wetland ecosystem.

-Source: The Hindu


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