President to inaugurate World Lake Conference

November 14th, 2007 - 3:00 am ICT by admin  
The conference with the theme of conservation and sustainability of water bodies and wetlands will be attended by experts from around the world and will discuss ways in which lakes can be conserved.

This is the first time that this conference is being held in the South Asian region.

This will be the President’s first visit to Rajasthan since she was sworn-in in July. President Patil was the Governor of Rajasthan before she was elected as the President of India.

She will return to New Delhi on the same evening.

The five-day conference will revolve around five major themes of science and lakes, conservation and management, special group of lakes, socio-economic aspects and special sessions.

It will focus on bio-diversity and conservation, lake catchments and eco-system process, invasive species and wind control besides fisheries, zone management, eco-hydrology, community participation and legal and regulatory frameworks.

It will have participants from Russia, Australia, Austra, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Zimbabwe, Canada, the US, the Phillippines, Czech Republic, Poland and Japan.

The conference is in the series of conferences held every two years since 1985, under the aegis of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) Foundation (Japan).

A special logo has been adopted for the conference. The logo represents natural lakes in the Himalayan belt and other hilly regions of the country. It depicts their recreational and spiritual cultural significance in Indian society.

The ’shikara’ (boat) in the logo reflects also their value for tourism and livelihoods. Further, the leaves of ‘chinar’ symbolize the natural vegetated catchments, so essential for maintaining high water quality in the lakes. (ANI)

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