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Which of the following lake has been named Destination Flyways by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on 21 January 2014? 

(a) Chilika lagoon in Odisha 

(b) Dal Lake in Kashmir valley 

(c) Loktak Lake in Manipur 

(d) Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

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Correct option: (a) Chilika lagoon in Odisha


Chilika is the only site to be selected from Asia by the UNWTO and was included in a list of eight such sites. The Destination Flyways initiative of UNWTO aims at promotion of sustainable tourism. The lagoon was named so for its sustainable and resilient destination for migratory birds. The status will help Chilika Development Authority (CDA) to develop strategies for protection of migratory birds through creation of innovative tourism and livelihood products. Chilika Lake is the largest brackish water lake in Asia with estuarine character that sprawls along the east coast. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory waterfowl found anywhere in the Indian sub-continent. It is one of the hotspot of biodiversity in the country, and some rare, vulnerable and endangered species listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened Animals inhabit the lagoon for at least part of their life cycle.

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