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Nandur Madhmeshwar Soon To be Decalre As RAMSAR Site

Nandur Madhmeshwar Soon To be Decalre As RAMSAR Site

A new feather in the cap of Nasik, Nandur Madhmeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary will be soon recognized RAMSAR site (a wetland of international importance). Office of the Additional Principle Chief Conservator of Forest (wildlife) is preparing for a Nandur Madhmeshwar Wetland Management Action Plan. Regarding this a meeting will held with various authorities like Sub-Divisional Officer Niphad, Assistant Commissioner of Fisheries, Maharashtra Pollution Board, Deputy Regional Manager, Executive engineer, District Animal Husbandry Officer and Deputy Conservator of Forests (East), Nasik. This meeting is in purpose to collect essential information for the action plan.

A list of Ramsar sites and high altitude wetlands for protection and conservation were asked by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to the state .A meeting was held on August 22, 2012 under the guidance of Principal Secretary (Forests) Pravin Pardeshi and Chief Wildlife Warden S W H Naqvi in Mumbai. In this meeting the state decided to include six wetlands including Nandur Madhmeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (Nasik) under Ramsar sites. After collecting essential information from the concerned officials, the suggestion will be forwarded to the Government.

Once Nandur Madhmeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary will be declared as RAMSAR site, efforts from international level will be applied to protect ecosystem of Nandur Madhmeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. To avoid pollution at Nandur Madhmeshwar all essential precautions will be taken by authorities.

Information about number of surrounding villages and total population dependent on the wetland, cultural and indigenous practices of wetland resource utilization, socio-economic status of population/families directly dependent on wetland resources, human settlements, land use pattern in the catchment, major and minor industries, agriculture, ongoing development activities and their impacts, key issues, threats and problems, critical issues requiring management interventions and their justifications will be studied at international level.

RAMSAR site is the issue of international importance. With declaration of Nandur Madhmeshwar as RAMSAR site, Nasik will be again on international view along with wine and other industries.