Deepor Beel

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    Context

    • Bird species count up in Deepor Beel, Assam’s lone Ramsar site.

    About Deepor Beel

    • Deepor Beel (Beel means wetland or large aquatic body in Assamese) is located about 10 km Southwest of Guwahati.
    • It is considered one of the largest and important riverine wetlands in the Brahmaputra Valley of lower Assam, India.
    • Due to the richness of avian fauna, it has been selected as one of the Important Bird Area (IBA) sites by Birdlife International.
    • It was designated a Ramsar site in 2002 for sustaining a range of aquatic life forms besides 219 species of birds.
    • A Ramsar Site is a wetland designated to be of international importance under the Convention on Wetlands, held at the Iranian city of Ramsar in February 1971.

    Source: TH