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Press Release: Puducherry Chapter Of The Save Loktak Lake Campaign Concluded

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Puducherry [16th April 2011]

NECEER

Puducherry Chapter of the Save Loktak Lake Campaign concluded

Save Loktak Lake Campaign at Pondicherry Rock Beach

Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign, Puducherry chapter ended today successfully. The city chapter ended with a signature campaign at Pondicherry Rock Beach at 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. today. As a part of NECEER’s Worldwide save Loktak lake campaign, Puducherry hosted the campaign this month. Many local people, tourists from other states even from other countries took part in this signature campaign. People of all age groups participated in this campaign. Some of the foreigners were eager to know more about the lake, even enquired about the means of transport to reach there. They assured us that they will soon be going to the lake and will try every possible means to save the lake. Pamphlets describing about the Loktak Lake, its ecological importance and the current threats to the lake were distributed.

The event was carried out under the city co-ordinator Ms. Chanchan Yumnam along with 18 volunteers from different states and several supporters. Volunteers explained the importance of Loktak Lake to the people and made them to take part in this campaign by getting their signatures and feed backs. The first phase of the Puducherry city campaign started on 10th April 2011 at Pondicherry University campus where questionnaires were provided and healthy discussions were held about the Loktak Lake. A total of about 400 people participated in Puducherry campaign.

The campaign is an awareness program initiated by NECEER, Imphal for the conservation of Loktak Lake. More than 600 volunteers and 32 city Coordinators are involved in organizing this campaign. The campaign is to create awareness about the conservation of Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. The lake was 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. It is home to the endangered Manipur brow antlered deer ‘Sangai’ – Cervus eldi eldi and many endangered species. The lake is an Important Bird Area identified by BNHS, Mumbai and Birdlife International.

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