Environment and Ecology > Protected Area Networks > Wetland conservation
Why in news?
- Recently, Loktak Lake Authority of Manipur recently issued a notice to remove all floating houses and fishing structures on Loktak Lake.
About Loktak lake:
- It's the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India
- Located to south of Imphal, Manipur.?
- Known for its floating circular swamps, which are called phumdis in the local tongue.
- The lake houses the only floating national park in the world, the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the last refuge of the endangered brow-antlered deer or Sangai
- Sangai is Manipur's state animal.
- ?In addition, the lake shelters about 230 species - barking deer, sambar, and Indian python.
- Loktak lake was initially designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990.
- Later it was also listed under the Montreux Record in 1993.
It's the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, known for its floating circular swamps, which are called phumdis. It is also listed under the Montreux Record. The protected area mentioned above is:
(a) Deepor Beel