LDA chairman Asnikumar attends national wetland workshop

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Imphal: Loktak Development Authority (LDA) chairman M. Asnikumar Singh on Saturday today took part in ‘SABHAGITA’ (Participatory) National Workshop for Conservation and WISE-USE of Wetlands at Anna University campus.

The varsity is a 220 years old university, one of the oldest universities of the country.

The workshop was organised by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change funded by Global Environment Fund (a global body for conservation of environment throughout the globe).

The workshop was graced by Bhupender Yadav, Union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Ashwani Kumar Choubey, Union minister of state, environment, forest and climate change (EF & CC), Leena Nandan, secretary, environment, forest and climate change and prof. Dr R. Velraj, vice-chancellor, Anna University.

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Exchanged ideas and valuable suggestions were made by renowned figures in the field of wetland conservation during the workshop. In the context of the state’s Loktak lake and its associate wetlands, Asnikumar Singh highlighted the present condition, remedial measures, integrated action plan, wise use policy, short- and long-term visions for the state’s wetlands, etc. taken up by the state government under the guidance of chief  inister N. Biren Singh.

He also sought the help and contributions from the ministry, renowned conservationists, scientists and corporate houses in the conservation mission of the national treasure Loktak lake. Wetland experts who took part in the workshop stressed on the role and importance of community participation in the conservation journey.

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At the conclusion of the workshop, Bhupender spoke eloquently on the significance of wetlands; their cultural value, core value of traditional practices etc. He stressed on their significance; highlighting how wetlands are the kidneys and forests are the heart of our environment and the vital role of local communities/dwellers of the wetlands in conservation measures, keeping in mind the alarming changes taking place in the global environment, Asnikumar said.

What struck each and everyone the most during the course of the workshop was Bhupender’s eagerness to personally interact one on one with each and every representative of all the states; inquire on their activities in their responsibilities as well as listen through and patiently to their grievances and suggestions, he added.

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Asnikumar presented the Union minister with a book on the Loktak lake titled, “Loktak, the Distorted Mirror”.

Different stakeholders related to the conservation of wetlands, senior  officials, scientists, representatives from renowned corporates houses (FICCI, TATA, Godrej, Adani, etc.), Wetland Mitras, etc. also took part in the workshop.

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