Wetland mitras roped for bird surveys, other activities | Delhi News

New Delhi: As Delhi Wetland Authority decided to conduct biodiversity assessment of water bodies, more than 90 “Wetland Mitras” have been set up for bird surveys, health assessment wetlands and other activities. On Sunday, the authority and Delhibird conducted a training program for wetland mitras.
According to the authority, 91 mitras of wetlands have been engaged in the conservation of water bodies in the city. “Based on their thematic areas of interest and residence, the wetland mitras have been distributed to all areas of the city. They will be engaged in bird surveys, wetland health assessments, awareness campaigns, cleanliness and planting campaigns and other activities,” an official said.
“As wetland mitras will play an important role in biodiversity assessment, we have launched their online and offline training programs. On Sunday, their second bird survey training took place,” the official said. The authority plans to prepare a bird atlas of Delhi. For the commitment of new wetland mitras, an online portal – Dilli First Volunteer – has been developed where interested applicants can register.
The authority has assigned unique identification numbers to 1,043 bodies of water in Delhi. Of the 1,043 wetlands, 1,014 water bodies have been mapped on the GIS platform. “1,043 water bodies in the capital have been identified based on field surveys and data collected by court commissioners over the past 10 years, satellite data and feedback received from various departments,” said said a manager.
At least 20 water bodies in the capital are expected to be notified as wetlands this year. The Delhi Wetland Authority, which initially prioritized 10 water bodies based on their Ecological Service Index and Threat Index, has now added 10 more to the list. In a meeting, the LG asked the authority to complete the process of sending recommendations to the state government for notification by August 2022 and final notifications by December 2022. TOI had previously reported that no body of water in Delhi had a wetland label under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017.
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