Haiderpur Wetland – UPSC Prelims

Haiderpur Wetland
  • Haiderpur Wetland is a human made wetland situated on the Muzaffarnagar-Bijnor border in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It was formed in 1984 by the construction of Madhya Ganga Barrage at the confluence of Solani and Ganga rivers and is a part of Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Haiderpur Wetland supports a variety of plant species as it is a source of freshwater and groundwater recharge.
  • It also supports more than 15 globally threatened species such as the critically endangered gharial and the endangered hog deer, black-bellied tern, steppe eagle, Indian skimmer and gold mahseer.
  • The site also regularly supports more than one per cent of the population of greylag goose (Anser anser) and bar-headed goose (Anser indicus).
  • Why in News? Haiderpur Wetland of Western Uttar Pradesh has been recognized as 47th Ramsar site in the country and 10th in Uttar Pradesh.
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