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Conservation and Management of Deepar Beel

Background

Wetlands have great ecological and economic importance. Deepar Beel is no exception, besides being a wetland of much importance; it is the only major storm water storage basin for the Guwahati city. The beel supports a rich biodiversity with a huge collection of residential and migratory birds. It was declared a wetland of international importance and was included in the Directory of Assam Wetlands as a wetland type -14. Deepar Beel was included to the list of Ramsar sites as India is a party to the 135 - Nation Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as number 1207 site. The beel, though it is declared as a sanctuary by the Government, it is facing enormous problems arising out of conflicts in different sectors.

This project is jointly supported and catalysed by MoEF, Govt. of India and Govt. of Assam and realizing the importance, Govt. of Assam has constituted 'Deepar Beel Management Committee' with Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, DST as Chairperson and ASTEC as Nodal Agency.

Activities

Gully controls on two nos. of sites, on Bamuni Stream near Chakradeo village and on Panikhaiti Stream near Deosotal village located in south bank of Deepar Beel.
Interpretation Centre construction almost complete.
Tree plantation programme on the bank is in progress.
Dredging work in progress.
Removal of Water hyacinth and other weeds from Deepar Beel is continuing.
 
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