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