Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016

The Central Government had published the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 vide notification number G.S.R. 951(E), dated the e December, 2010 to regulate various activities within the wetlands in the country. The Central Government considers it necessary to supersede the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 for effective conservation and management of the wetlands in the country. India is a signatory to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which includes in its ambit a wide variety of habitats, such as marshes, swamps, lakes, coastal lagoons, mangroves, peatlands, coral reefs, and numerous man-made wetlands, such as ponds, salt pans, reservoirs, gravel pits, sewage farms, and canals. The Central Government is desirous of mainstreaming full range of wetland biodiversity and ecosystem service values in sectoral development planning and decision making based on integrated management approach. The following draft of certain rules, which the Central Government proposes to make in exercise of the powers conferred by section 25, read with sub-section (1) and clause (v) of sub-section (2) and subsection (3) of section (3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), and in supersession of the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010, is hereby published for information of the public likely to be affected thereby; and notice is hereby given that the said draft rules will be taken into consideration by the Central Government after expiry of a period of sixty days from the date on which copies of this notification as published in the Official Gazette are made available to public.

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