Large areas of Gujarat like Saurashtra, Kutch and North Gujarat are considered to be scarcity prone due to meager rains but still the state has a large number of wetlands where wide range of flora and fauna are found.

They are also home to thousands of migratory birds coming to the state in winter.

“Gujarat has many wetlands and the government has been trying to save those to hoard our ecology,” said Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC) member secretary A K Verma.

“To make people participate in the conservation, GEC has launched this drive," added Verma.

Verma, who is also a coordinator of the wetlands conservation drive, further said, “We will train people to conserve and rejuvenate the traditional wetlands. This will also inspire them to save water in their house or at their work-place.”
Nalsarovar near Sanand town, Thol lake area of Ahmedabad district, Southern Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Khambhat, Jamnagar Mangroves area, Golf reef area of Kutch, Dharoi dam area of
Mahesana district and Ukai reservoir of Tapi districts are the most important wetlands of Gujarat, which have been acknowledged by the Centre.
As per the survey of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Wetlands in Gujarat apart from those important wetland areas, 18 percent area of the entire state, which adds to 1,50,174 sq km land are included in wetland category.
There are approximately 23,900 wetlands in Gujarat, which comprises coastal, inland and small wetlands, it cited.

The government also believes that wetland conservation training will not only solve the issues of water-scarcity but also improve tourism in the state as many water bodies are home to rare birds, animals and amphibians.
The Gujarat Ecology Commission had earlier launched a pilot project to train people living in and around such areas.

"In the pilot phase, we have trained 1500 locals in remote villages which falls under the wetland category," Verma said.


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