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ISRO busy with satellite mapping of wetlands

New Delhi, India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is engaged in the satellite mapping of the country’s wetlands and will complete the project by the end of August, according to Environment Minister, Government of India, Jairam Ramesh.

“It is for the first time that all wetlands in the country will be mapped. ISRO will provide us with an updated inventory of wetlands, estimated at around 7-10 million hectares, by the end of August,” said Ramesh while speaking at the launch of a course on ‘Appreciation Programme on Sustainable Management of Wetlands’ at the Indira Gandhi National Open University ( IGNOU) in New Delhi, India.

Stressing on the need to protect aquatic assets, he said, “They are valuable ecological niches and the concept of sustainable development should be for future generations, including today’s generations.” Further, he added that the ministry would soon formulate a regulation on wetlands to prevent encroachment of precious biodiversity.

Source: Sify