A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India

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Author Affiliation: Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: Wetlands are highly productive ecosystems which provide multiple-value ecosystem services. The Loktak Lake wetland is located in the Bishnupur district of the Indian state of Manipur, and is the largest freshwater wetland in Northeast India. The lake is used extensively by local people as a source of water for irrigation and domestic use and is an important wintering and staging area for water birds, particularly ducks. The Loktak Lake has a socioeconomic and cultural relationship with the people of Manipur. However, of late, the impacts of increase in population, urbanisation and the rapid pace of development have started being felt on Loktak Lake. The once over 266 sq. km large Loktak Lake is now showing signs of shrinking and reduction in wetland spread. The lake had a seasonal and pulsating characteristic which kept it clean and healthy. However, changes in its hydrology due to regulation of water flow for development purpose are now showing a detrimental effect on the health of this wetland. The following article is an attempt at putting greater focus on the lifeline of Manipur, the Loktak Lake and a floating island paradise where tourism is wanting.

Keywords: Loktak Lake, wetland, ecosystem services, Manipur.

 

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Devi, Konsam N. “A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2.1 (2017): 30-35.

APA:
Devi, K.N. (2017). A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), 30-35.

Chicago:
Devi, Konsam N. “A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2, no. 1, (2017): 30-35.

Harvard:
Devi, K.N., 2017. A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), pp. 30-35.

Vancouver:
Devi KN. A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2017; 2(1):30-35.

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