Imphal: Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, greeted the people of Manipur on World Wetlands Day, which is observed every year on February 2.
In his message on the occasion, N Biren Singh said that World Wetlands Day is a global awareness campaign to highlight the value of wetlands and also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, an intergovernmental treaty adopted in 1971. 172 countries, including India, are signatories to this treaty.
CM Biren said that wetlands deliver needs for humans, from providing food and livelihoods to sustaining biodiversity, storing carbon, providing recreation, and inspiration. “Loktak Lake is an ecological marvel of Manipur and is very important for the state’s ecosystem and economy. As such, the state government has been taking up various initiatives to preserve and protect the lake,” Biren Singh added.
He further continued that, though the government is coming up with a master plan to rejuvenate Loktak Lake with a long-term approach, “the onus of saving wetlands lies on the collective shoulders and not just with the government.”
On this occasion, Biren Singh called on everyone to join hands “to save our wetlands.”