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Wular Lake In Kashmir

Wular, one of Asia’s biggest freshwater lakes, sits 34 km (21 miles) northwest of Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar. Known for its deep, primitive waters, the lake has sustain extensive dishonor in recent decades. In a 2007 study, conservation group Wetlands International before-mentioned the lake originally covered an area of nearly 218 square kilometers (84 square miles), including 58 sq km of marshland. It shrank in size by 45 percent over a hundred – from about 158 sq km in 1911 to 87 sq km in 2007 – as it was fatigued for agriculture and willow plantations, the report said. The government of Jammu and Kashmir  now plans to remove some 2.1 million willows and 20 million cubic verse of silt from the lake in a conservation program starting next moon, which it says will also boost eco-tourism. Willow planting beginning in Wular in 1924, mainly to provide firewood, and the plantation area was brought under Kashmir’s forest department in the 1980s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the region’s agriculture arm planted vast areas with willow as demand soared for rabid to make cricket bats and bear boxes. But in recent years, experts have token problems linked to heavy siltation – including less hydraulic in the lake and declining drop in a line stocks – to the presence of the withy trees. “These plantations act as a barrier to the percolate-laden waters of the River.

Wular Lake

  Local people are happy approximately the project to revitalize the lake, which provides their livelihoods. The Wetlands International study found that 32,000 families, including 2,300 fishing households, depended on the lake for their income.  But Wular’s shrinking bulk has become a concern for fishermen.  

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