To prepare a list of wetlands to be notified, taking into cognizance any existing list of wetlands prepared/notified under other relevant State Acts.
To recommend identified wetlands, based on their Brief Documents, for regulation under these rules.
To prepare a comprehensive digital inventory of all wetlands within a period of one year from the date of publication of these rules and upload the same on a dedicated web portal to be developed by the Central Government for the said purpose; the inventory to be updated every ten years.
To develop a comprehensive list of activities to be regulated and permitted within the notified wetlands and their zone of influence.
To recommend additions, if any, to the list of prohibited activities for specific wetlands.
To define strategies for conservation and wise use of wetlands within their jurisdiction; wise use being a principle for managing these ecosystems which incorporates sustainable uses (such as capture fisheries at subsistence level or harvest of aquatic plants) as being compatible with conservation, if ecosystem functions (such as water storage, groundwater recharge, flood buffering) and values (such as recreation and cultural) are maintained or enhanced;
To review integrated management plan for each of the notified wetlands (including trans-boundary wetlands in coordination with Central Government), and within these plans consider continuation and support to traditional uses of wetlands which are harmonized with ecological character.
In cases wherein lands within boundary of notified wetlands or wetlands complex have private tenancy rights, recommend mechanisms for maintenance of ecological character through promotional activities.
To identify mechanisms for convergence of implementation of the management plan with the existing State level development plans and programmes.
To ensure enforcement of these rules and other relevant Acts, rules and regulations and on half-yearly basis (June and December of each calendar year) inform the concerned State Government or Central Government on the status of such notified wetlands through a reporting mechanism.
To Coordinate implementation of integrated management plans based on wise use principle through various line departments and other concerned agencies.
RSWA will function as nodal authority for all wetland specific authorities within the State.
RSWA will Issue necessary directions for conservation and sustainable management of wetlands to the respective implementing agencies.