, also spelt Deepor Beel
means "lake" in the local Assamese language
), is located to the south-west of Guwahati
city, in Kamrup district
It is a permanent freshwater lake, in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River
, to the south of the main river. It is also called a wetland
under the Ramsar Convention
which has listed the lake in November 2002, as a Ramsar Site
for undertaking conservation measures on the basis of its biological and environmental importance.
Considered as one of the largest Beels
in the Brahmaputra valley of lower Assam, it is categorised as representative of the wetland
type under the Burma
Monsoon Forest biogeographic region.
The Dipor Bil is reported to provide, directly or indirectly, its natural resources for the livelihood of fourteen indigenous villages (1,200 families) located in its precincts.Freshwater fish is a vital protein and source of income for these communities; the health of these people is stated to be directly dependendent on the health of this wetland ecosystem. A member of Deepor... Read More