Nanda lake has become Goa's first Ramsar Site

Dhiraj Harmalkar

Nanda lake in Cacora, Quepem, has become the first Ramsar Site in Goa. The Ramsar Convention in Iran came into force in 1975 with a mission to conserve wetlands.

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The lake is known for its abundance of water lilies.

Goa|Wetlands|Biodiversity | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

Union Minister for Environment Bhupender Yadav viewing birds at the lake, which is known for its migratory visitors.

Goa|Wetland|Birds|Nature | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant also enjoyed the visual extravaganza of water lilies, birds and the rich biodiversity of the wetland.

Goa|Wetland|Birds|Nature | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

A police music band played the national anthem at the programme.

Goa|Wetlands|Celebration | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

A street play on the importance of protecting biodiversity.

Goa|Wetlands|Street play| Message | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

A stall by GOVAN displaying natural products at Ravindra Bhavan, Curchorem.

Goa|Wetlands|Stalls|Products | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

World Wetlands Day celebration at Ravindra Bhavan, Curchorem.

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People present at the function pledge to preserve the country's wetlands for posterity.

Goa|Wetlands|Pledge|Conservation | Photo: Dhiraj Harmalkar

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