Imphal: Minister of Forest Environment and Climate Change, Agriculture, Power Th. Biswajit Singh on Saturday inaugurated a day-long workshop on Conservation and Wise Use of Loktak Lake and Associated Lakes’ organised by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) in association with Mangolnganbi College, Ningthoukhong as part of 33rd Loktak Day Celebrations.
Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest, Biswajit called for collective movement for conservation of the Loktak Lake and its associated lakes.
He lauded the LDA for organising such workshops which will help chalk out viable strategies to save the State’s precious lakes.
LDA Chairman M.Asnikumar Singh who presided over the inaugural and valedictory session of the workshop underscored the importance of such workshops and the crucial role of wetlands in landscape function, cycling of water and nutrients, food and fibre production, water purification, regulation of flows, provision of habitats, and tourism and recreational services.
Highlighting the State Government’s conservation mission under the directive of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, he lauded the Chief Minister for his continued, heartfelt guidance and support to the mission of conserving the Loktak Lake and its associate wetlands.
“I thank the Chief Minister for his kind and encouraging words to the staff of LDA on the occasion of 33rd Loktak Day. His support and guidance has been crucial in our efforts to conserve the Loktak Lake and its associated lakes,” he said.
On the significant parameters for conservation of Loktak Lake and its associated lakes, he said that the LDA’s new mandate is ecological approach with community participation as one of its priorities.
While narrating the changing trends of the Loktak Lake’s ecosystem in the last four decades, the LDA Chairman called for sustained, collective efforts to conserve the State’s treasured Loktak Lake and its associated lakes for the present and future generations.
Works Minister Govindas Konthoujam who also attended the function highlighted the importance of Loktak Lake and its huge contributions; livelihood to many communities, its enormous potential as a hub for water sports and eco-tourism etc.
He urged the people of the state to take responsibility in saving the lake by acting as conscious, responsible citizens.
“Loktak Lake is a visitors’ paradise, for both domestic and foreign visitors,” he said.
The workshop was attended by representatives from 12 colleges located in the periphery of the Loktak Lake, immediate catchment villages, fishing communities and a plethora of students.