Guidelines for the national lake conservation plan - Ministry of Environment and Forests (2008)

This document by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) provides information on the National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP), launched by the Government of India, which aims at restoring the water quality and ecology of the lakes in different parts of the country. It includes information on the scheme and highlights the points that need to be considered while applying for the scheme.

Lakes are integral components of the ecosystem and serve as natural habitats to a variety of plants and animals, besides being important sources of drinking water and livelihood for people. Industralisation has lead to the release of pollutants into the lakes and destruction of their natural habitats, thus making them unfit for use.

The document includes information on: 

  • Objectives of the scheme
  • Activities covered under the NLCP
  • Selection criteria that can be used for prioritisation of lakes under the scheme.
    • Hydrological criteria
    •  Scientific criteria
    • Administrative criteria
  • Details of other aspects to be included in making the proposal
  • Legal support and policy framework
  • Capacity Building

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