Keshopur & Shalapattan | WWF India

ABOUT KESHOPUR-MIANI COMMUNITY RESERVE AND SHALAPATTAN WETLAND

Punjab is endowed with a very rich spectrum of picturesque landscapes, forests, wildlife, wetlands and cultural diversity. In Gurdaspur district of Punjab, WWF-India is working in two sites: Keshopur-Miani Community Reserve, India’s first community reserve and Shalapattan Wetland. The Shalapattan Wetland is privately-owned and the only one in Punjab that witnesses the wintering of common cranes. The sarus cranes, declared vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), inhabit this wetland all through the year.

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CONSERVATION ISSUES

Natural wetlands and the biodiversity that inhabit them face a daunting array of challenges, ranging from pollution through mediocre management to unplanned infrastructural development. Multi-species surveys are required for this data-deficient and biodiversity-rich wetland.

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OUR WORK

WWF-India is involved from 2012 in conservation of both the wetlands. WWF-India is conducting a biodiversity assessment for the area and preparing an inventory. A brief study has been conducted to understand the demography of nearby villages and their dependency on the wetlands.

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