ASAN | Uttarakhand’s First Ramsar Site
Abstract: Located in the Dehradun district, the Asan Conservation Reserve is the 38th Ramsar site in India and first in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a human-made wetland, which has resulted due to the Asan Barrage being put in place in 1967. The barrage, fed by the Asan River and several minor discharge channels of Yamuna, supports myriad endangered species of birds including two waterbird species—red-crested pochard and ruddy shelduck. It also supports non-avian species, including 49 fish species. With the inclusion of Asan in the Ramsar site list, the local community is likely to benefit by the 'wise use' of this wetland. India now has 39 wetlands of international importance.

The author is from the Geography and You team. The article should be cited as Asan, Uttarakhand’s First Ramsar Site, Geography and You online. Available at: