The scheme on conservation and management of wetlands was initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in 1987 with the following objectives:-
The scheme was initiated with the following objectives :
- to lay down policy guidelines for conservation and management of wetlands in the country;
- to undertake intensive conservation measures in priority wetlands;
- to monitor implementation of the programme; and
- to prepare an inventory of Indian wetlands.