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Menar Wetland: Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s New Wetland:

Recognised as the “bird village” following community-driven conservation efforts, Menar in Udaipur district is set to be notified as Rajasthan’s new wetland.

  • This will pave the way for getting the Ramsar site status for this rural heartland of the Mewar region.

Menar Wetland:

  • The two lakes in the Menar village – the Brahma and Dhandh play host to a large number of migratory birds every year.
  • The Forest Department has initiated the process for notification of Menar as a wetland, which will recognise its role in the storage of sediment and nutrients and enable the local authorities to maintain the respective lakes.
  • With the status of wetlands, the two lakes will be strengthened for increasing the vegetation of aquatic plants and protecting biodiversity.
  • More than 150 species of local and migratory birds inhabit the two lakes in the winter season.
  • They include Greater Flamingo, White-tailed Lapwing, Pelican, Marsh Harrier, Bar-headed Goose, Common Teal, Greenshank, Pintail, Wagtail, Green Sandpiper and Red-wattled Lapwing.
  • Bird lovers and tourists flock to the village after the arrival of migratory birds from as far as Central Asia, Europe and Mongolia.
  • At present, Rajasthan has two wetlands recognised as Ramsar sites –
    • Keoladeo Ghana in Bharatpur district
    • Sambhar Salt Lake in Jaipur district.