Odisha’s Satkosia Gorge is now a Ramsar site

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

The famous Satkosia Gorge in Odisha’s Angul district has been designated as a Ramsar site, the third such location to be marked as a wetland of international importance in the State.

As per the reports, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Bhupender Yadav stated that around 10 Indian wetlands have been included in the Ramsar sites, taking the total number of such sites in the country to 64. The new sites include six wetlands from Tamil Nadu and one each from Goa, Karnataka, MP and Odisha.

Satkosia gorge is known for its unique bio-diversity and rich flora and fauna species like gharials, mugger, and freshwater turtles. A narrow stretch of River Mahanadi near Tikarapada is located within Satkosia Tiger Reserve. It is approximately 22 km in length and part of Satkosia Sanctuary that spans over an area of 795.59 sq km as notified by the State government in 1976.

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