IMPHAL, Dec 3 - Manipur Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla on Saturday expressed her desire to save Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in North East India from further pollution. The Governor also highlighted the need to ban plastic bags and bottles in the State while inaugurating a three-day media workshop on climate change reporting here as part of a series of media sensitisation initiative in the NE jointly initiated by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS).
State Forest and Environment Minister I Hemochandra said Manipur is moving forward to lead the country to meet the challenge of climate change like the State is leading in the field of sports and culture. Manipur was among few states in the country to have formulated an action plan on climate change and to have initiated action to implement it.
SDC deputy director Dr Shirish Sinha said that they are trying to trigger interest in climate change, its impacts on sustainability, livelihood issues and adaptation stories among media in the region and thereby among the masses. If effective measures are taken in time, experts believe, it may be possible to prevent further degradation of the ecosystem.
More than two dozen journalists from the State are participating in the programme.