President suggests global partnership for lake rehabilitation

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Jaipur, Oct 29 (UNI) Expressing serious concern over degradation and polluted state of large number of lakes and wetlands, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has suggested a partnership -- Twinning lakes -- between developed and developing countries for rehabilitation of polluted and degraded lakes.

Delivering inaugural speech at the 12th World Lake Conference --Taal 2007--, Ms Patil also stressed upon the need for effective measures for countering the impact of global warming and related climatic changes on fresh water resources.

Underlining the importance of lakes, wetlands and other water bodies in human life and balanced ecosystem, the President said, ''A pristine lake is like an eye of the earth which reflects beauty and joy around it but a degraded and polluted lake is like a blind eye.'' Unfortunately, today many of our lakes had been blinded and polluted with over exploitation and reckless dumping of human and industria waste, she pointed out.

She said this was not only a problematic situation for India or Asia alone but several lakes of Europe and Northen America had also become highly polluted 50 years ago. There was eutrophication of lakes due to influx of agricultural nutrients and detergents into lakes in Europe. The great lakes of North America were similarly affected by discharge of domestic wastewaters. Elsewhere lakes had suffered severe degradation in different ways.

''Great efforts have gone into rehabilitation of some of these lakes and improving quality of their water. This opens up possibilities of working out arrangements of ''Twinning Lakes'' where a partnership could be formed between a lake in developed country and a lake in developing country,'' Ms Patil suggested.

The developed country involved in this partnership while sharing its experiences, should commit to make available finances and technology for conservation of lake in the developing country, she added.

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