The Atlas of Loktak
Sustainable Development and Water Resources Management of Loktak Lake The goal of Sustainable Development and Water Resources Management of Loktak Lake is to improve water management of the lake and sustain its resources for the benefit of the local communities on a long-term basis. The purpose is to build capacity within Loktak Development Authority, other concerned institutions and local communities for effective management of lake. The ultimate purpose is to provide livelihood security to the local communities while ensuring conservation of the Loktak Lake.
Sustainable Development and Water Resources Management of Loktak Lake adopts an integrated approach based on sound scientific principles of wetland management to ensure conservation and sustainable utilization of resources at basin level. Restructuring of planning process involving local communities at all levels and in all sectors to ensure sustainable management of the lake and its catchments is the underlying objective. The strategy adopted addresses the root cause problems on the basis of understanding the structural and functional aspects of the ecosystem and assessing the impacts of unsustainable developmental activities leading to deterioration of the lake. The strategy emphasizes on shifting the focus from sectoral approaches to an integrated management of wetlands with a focus on catchment conservation, water regime management, sustainable resources management and community development. India Canada Environment Facility provided financial support for Sustainable Development and Water Resources Management of Loktak Lake. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India under its ongoing programme on Conservation and Management of Loktak provided support to catchment conservation.