Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign

25+ Cities in 4 continents

The campaign is an awareness programme initiated by NECEER, Imphal for the conservation of Loktak Lake. More than 1000 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 recognised 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.

Involvement of youth and mobilization of public for the conservation of Loktak Lake is the main objective of the campaign. The campaign is supported by more than 20 international and national organizations.

About Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Northeast India. It has an area of 300sq km and has been recognised 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 has been a main source of income and sustenance for inhabitants of the area. For the last few decades the lake has been facing all round destructions due to both natural and anthropogenic activities. Rapid expansion of ‘Phoomdis*’, 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.














Threats to Loktak Lake 
1. Siltation: due to excessive deforestation in adjoining hills and shifting cultivation (jhum) along the catchment area
2. Eutrophication: The lake is eutrophic due to increased loading of P,N into lake caused due to dumping of domestic waste, inflow of organochlorine pesticide from paddy fields
3. Pollution:  Untreated dumping of waste (carried by rivers passing through Imphal City and direct dumping) which has resulted into increased growth of macrophytes, phytoplanktons and thereby escalating water pollution.
4. Loktak Hydroelectric Power Plant: The impacts of Loktak Hydel Project includes inundation of agricultural fields of catchment area, decline in diversity of avifauna and pisces, thinning of phoomdis which threatens the potential habitat of Sangai deer, and siltation due to outflow of silt- laden water. Encroachment for agricultural activities and fish farms.  

* Phoomdis are floating islands of heterogeneous masses of vegetation, soil and organic matter in different stages of decay. They cover a substantial part of the lake area and are found in different shapes and sizes. Keibul Lamjao National Park, the largest single mass of phoomdi is the world’s only floating national park covers an area of 40 km2; the park is the natural habitat of endangered Sangai (Manipur Brow antlered deer), found only in this national park.

SAVE LOKTAK LAKE CAMPAIGN :   SUCCESS STORIES

First Phase
March 2010 (REPORT)
New Delhi, Delhi (India): Ms. Mehnaz, Co-ordinator
Guwahati, Assam (India): Mr. Kripaljyoti Mazumdar, Co-ordinator
Silchar, Assam (India): Mr. Chinmoy Choudhury, Co-ordinator
Imphal West, Manipur (India): Mr. Mohen Naorem, Co-ordinator
Shillong, Meghalaya (India): Ms. RK. Jashmi Devi, Co-ordinator
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Second Phase
April and May 2010 (REPORT)
Mumbai, Maharashtra (India): Mr. James, Co-ordinator
Kolhapur, Maharahtra (India): Mr. Lulel Sagolsem, Co-ordinator
Melli, Sikkim (India): Mr. Puran Giri, Co-ordinator
Darjeeling, West Bengal (India): Mr. Puran Giri, Co-ordinator
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Third Phase: 2011
Pune, Maharashtra (REPORT)
Mr. Anthony Moirangthem & Mr. RK Jyotin, Co-ordinatorS
Chennai, Tamil Nadu (REPORT)
Mr. Thangjam Bicky, Co-ordinator
Puducherry (REPORT)
Ms. Chanchan Yumnam, Co-ordinator

Press releases:Pre-event 1, 2, 3Event PR I Pune I Chennai I Puducherry
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Fourth Phase: 2012
Delhi: National Gandhi Museum and University of Delhi
Screening of Documentary on Loktak Lake

Fifth Phase: 2013
Imphal East, Manipur: Screening of Documentary on Loktak Lake
Pune, Maharashtra: Awareness Campaign and Screening of Documentary on Loktak Lake
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Sixth Phase: 2014
Bishnupur and Thoubal (Manipur)

United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia

Seventh Phase 
Bikaner, Rajasthan: Dilip Swami
 Bhubaneshwar, Orissa: Mr. Santosh Kumar Sethi
Kolkata, West Bengal, Agartala, Tripura and Aizwal, Mizoram

Eight Phase
Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishenpur, Churachandpur, Sadar Hills, 
Senapati, Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Jiribam (Manipur, India)

       

      Worldwide Save Loktak Lake Campaign is supported by several organisations across the globe. Some of the organsations are listed below.
WWF-India I ISTV I NEEYM I Akshara Theatre I IYCN  Youth Leader India 
GoNortheast-India.com I Volunteer for Manipur I Rongmei Voice I Loktak Development Authority and Youth Street News

Loktak Lake, the lifeline of Manipur
*NECEER, Imphal request organisation s and individuals to support the campaign by becoming supporter or partner of the campaign. For details, please contact:
Khuraijam Jibankumar Singh, Worldwide Campaign Co-ordinator
Email: neceer.imp@gmail.com / info.neceer@gmail.com