Consider the following statements about the Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016:

  1. The draft provides for the transfer of power from centre to states in matters related to decision on wetlands
  2. The new draft rules mention categorising a land as wetland on the basis of biodiversity, reefs and mangroves

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [A] 1 Only

Second statement is incorrect because the draft rules mention no ecological criteria to categorise a land as wetland. Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules of 2010 had criteria for categorising a land as wetland on the basis of biodiversity, reefs, mangroves, and wetland complexes. But the new draft rules contain no ecological criteria for categorising a land as wetlands.

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