Monday, February 15, 2010

Save Loktak Campaign


Northeast Centre for Environmental Education and Research (NECEER), Imphal is going to organise a Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign at 20 cities in 3 continents on 7th March 2010. NECEER in collaboration with ENVIRON will carry out the Campaign at Guwahati and Silchar city. I on behalf of NECEER and ENVIRON, we would like to request all the youths and organizations to extend their helping hand towards this unique campaign. The campaign is an attempt to create awareness about the threats and need for conserving this natural heritage of North-east India. NECEER, Imphal has been organising campaigns for the conservation of endangered species and fragile ecosystems of Manipur for the last few years.

Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. It has an area of 300sq km and has been recognized as Ramsar site in 1990. Keibul Lamjao, the only floating national park in the world is situated at the south west part of the lake. Deepor beel is another lake from Assam which has also been designated as Ramsar site in November 2002 (infact it is the lone Ramsar site from Assam) while we will also focus conservation issue of Son beel and Chatla wetland two important wetland of Barak valley Southern Assam. These lakes are home to many endangered and vulnerable species of avifauna & mammals, particularly the Loktak lake is only home to critically endangered Manipur brow antlered deer 'Sangai' (Cervus eldi eldi) and many bird and plant species. Deepor beel has been selected as Important bird area (IBA) by Birdlife International.

These lakes have been a main source of income and sustenance for inhabitants of the area. For the last few decades these lakes has been facing all round destructions due to both natural and anthropogenic activities. Rapid expansion of Phumdis, siltation, pollution, agriculture and adverse effect from Loktak Hydropower Project are some of the main problems which had led to an alarming destruction of the lake.


For more write to

  1. Kripal (for information on Assam Campaign) at environNE1@gmail.com
  2. Jiban (for information on Worldwide Campaign) at neceer.imp@gmail.com
  3. Bidyut (for information on Guwahati Campaign) at bidyut.bikash.sarma@gmail.com
  4. Chinmoy (for information on Silchar Campaign) at chinmoy.environ@gmail.com

With regards-

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar

Coordinator, Save Loktak Lake Campaign, Guwahati
Honorary Fellow, NECEER, Imphal, Manipur
Executive Member, ENVIRON, Guwahati, Assam
Associate, Wildlife Research and Conservation Trust, Kerela