Potential and Existing Ramsar Sites in India

M Zafar-Ul Islam and Asad R Rahmani, Oxford University Press, 2008, viii, 584 p, 154 maps, 220 colourful plates, ISBN : 0195697235, $80.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Preface. Acknowledgement. Introduction: 1. Birds, IBAs and wetlands in Biogeographic zones of India. 2. IBAs and Ramsar sites in India. 3. Ramsar sites and biogeographic regions. 4. Ramsar classification system of Wetland Type. 5. Identifying potential Ramsar sites. State-wise Sites: 1. Andhra Pradesh. 2. Arunachal Pradesh. 3. Assam. 4. Bihar. 5. Delhi. 6. Goa. 7. Gujarat. 8. Haryana. 9. Himachal Pradesh. 10. Jammu and Kashmir. 11. Jharkhand. 12. Karnataka. 13. Kerala. 14. Lakshadweep. 15. Madhya Pradesh. 16. Maharashtra. 17. Manipur. 18. Mizoram. 19. Orissa. 20. Pondicherry. 21. Punjab. 22. Rajasthan. 23. Sikkim. 24. Tamil Nadu. 25. Tripura. 26. Uttarakhand. 27. Uttar Pradesh. 28. West Bengal. Appendices: 1. Criteria for identifying wetlands of international importance. 2. Ramsar classification system for wetland type. 3. Additional guidelines for the provision of maps and other spatial data for Ramsar sites. 4. Threatened bird species of India. 5. 1% biogeographical population. 6. Information sheet on Ramsar wetlands: Explanatory Note and Guidelines for the information sheet on Ramsar Wetlands.

From the Preface: "Since India became a contracting party to the Ramsar Convention in 1981, only 25 wetlands in the country have been internationally designated as Ramsar sites. This is in spite of the richness of aquatic ecosystem types in the country. The 25 Ramsar sites in India do not represent even a fraction of the diversity of wetland habitats existing in the country. In this book, 160 sites which qualify the Ramsar criteria, has been identified, including the existing 25 Ramsar sites. Most of the potential Ramsar sites and many existing Ramsar sites are important for biodiversity conservation. About 144 are Important Bird Areas (IBAs), and 79 are protected areas (Sanctuaries, National Parks, Conservation Reserve). While selecting the potential sites (135), the authors have made an attempt to cover all the biogeographic areas, except Andaman and Nicobar.

In this book, they have tried to cover the whole country and all the biogeographic regions and their provinces. The book will help the decision makers, conservationists, and administrators to declare and maintain many more Ramsar sites in India."

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