Experts recommend to draw unified standard for wetlands

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Agartala, Nov 13 (UNI) A unified standard for physical, chemical and biological promoters for lakes and wetlands in the hilly regions of the country should be developed, water experts at the 12th World Lake Conference have suggested.

Referring to the recommendations of the 12th World Lake Conference held at Jaipur early this month, prominent scholar on water issues, Mayuri Gogoi told UNI here today the convention stressed on need to restore, preserve and manage the lakes and wetlands.

She expressed concern on the deterioration of lakes and wetlands following developmental and anthropogenic pressures, while recommending to take note of the potential impacts of climate change.

Acknowledging the importance of lakes and wetlands, Ms Gogoi said global water experts had gathered to create awareness among the new generation, considering the significant contribution of lakes and wetlands in conserving the ecosystem.

The conference had suggested the water potential states of the country to ensure judicious use of lakes and wetlands in terms of their values and functions, including those of social, cultural and spiritual significance.

It had discussed the status of science and available technologies, sharing experiences and practices for managing lakes and wetlands, while stating to consider the emerging concept of Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM) to prevent their degradation.

Ms Gogoi had also suggested to adopt the rational public private partnership in conserving lakes and wetlands and maintaining their ecological services as well as undertake scientific studies and strategies to meet the challenges of climate change.

She suggested development of strong institutional and financial mechanisms for regional and international cooperation in management and restoration of lakes and wetlands while blending the traditional knowledge with latest techniques for better management.

UNI

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