Ample wetlands in Mumbai to offer outing for citizens

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Old 03-Feb-2011
Ample wetlands in Mumbai to offer outing for citizens

Mumbai: The city is blessed with a wonderful variety of wetlands like mangrove forests, lakes, beaches and rivers and all it needs is to protect and maintain them, said Mumbai's environmentalists celebrating World Wetlands Day.

"Mumbai has 68 small and big lakes, five rivers, 3,000 acres of mangrove forests and both rocky and sandy beaches that can certainly be selected under the Ramsar Convention," said Rishi Aggarwal, an expert on mangrove conservation.

The Convention of Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, February 2 1971, came to be called the Ramsar Convention that embodies the commitment of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands.

With protection, Mumbai's wetlands could provide ideal outings for recreation for millions living in this city who cannot afford to take a vacation in far off sanctuaries and national parks. Aggarwal was speaking at a function of World Wildlife Fund and Meluha, The Fern Ecotel, in Powai.

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