New conservation rules may soon apply to wetlands. What are they?
Source: Indian Express, Date: , 2016
In March this year, the central
government set the ball rolling on a new set of rules intended to protect
wetlands. The Draft Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016, which
seek to replace the older Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010,
are open for public comments until today, May 31. The new Rules have been
proposed at a time when several petitions on the implementation of the 2010
Rules are pending at the National Green Tribunal (NGT). After it emerged that
states were yet to notify wetlands under the 2010 Rules, the NGT directed them
to do so in at least 5-10 districts in a time-bound fashion.