World Lake Conference responds to President Patil's call

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Jaipur, Nov 2 (UNI) Responding to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil's call for a global partnership -- ''Twinning Lakes--the 12th World Lake Conference--Taal-2007,--''today adopted ''Jaipur Declaration'' aiming at restoration and management of lakes and wetlands through twinning arrangment with international support.

The declaration, adopted at the valedictory session of the five day world conference, gave due weightage to Ms Patil's suggestion made in her inaugural speech at the conference here on October 29.

Expressing serious concern over degradation and polluted state of large number of lakes and wetlands, the President had suggested a partnership -- Twinning lakes -- between developed and developing countries for rehabilitation of polluted and degraded lakes.

''Great efforts have gone into rehabilitation of some of these lakes and improving quality of their water in different countries globally. 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 added.

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

Besides advocating for the twinning arrangement, the Jaipur Declaration also endorsed the President's concern over potential impact of climate changes and global worming on lakes and wetlands.

The declaration also stressed the need of setting up of an Asian Centre of Excellence with international assistance for promoting reasearch, training and education, and development of appropriate technologies for sustainable managment and restoration of lakes.

Need for developing innovative low cost ecofriendly technologies, appropriate reasearch methods, setting up of data banks, active participation of all stake holders and due encouragement to public private partnership for lake conservation were some of the main highlights of the Jaipur Declaration.

It also duly acknowledged the importance of lakes and wetlands for domestic, agriculture and recreational use and for impoving habitate for conserving biodiversity.


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