Conserving Loktak Lake ⋅ India
Conserving the bioresources of Loktak Lake using spatial and biotechnology approaches.
The Loktak Lake is one of its kind in the world, famous for the floating island, where the world’s only floating national park is located. The Rucervus eldii eldii, a highly endangered species, has its habitat in the floating island. The construction of Ithai Barrage and the increasing human population has resulted in increasing pressure on the lake ecosystem. This has led to the degradation of the lake aquatic ecosystem. Considering these major issues, the project was taken up to understand the major issues and share the findings among the stakeholders to conserve and restore the Loktak for sustainable management.
- Identified the water quality of the present state of the lake water
- Reported for the first time the presence of pesticides in the lake water and sediment
- There is degradation in the floating island which is a unique feature of the lake
- Identified the impact of climate change on the Loktak lake
- Monitoring of the water quality of the Loktak lake
- Studying the microbial diversity across various land use
- This article was written about our work in Mongabay.