Pokhara, February 2 A clean-up campaign was organised in Phewa lake and its vicinity to mark World Wetland Day today in Pokhara. Forest and Environment Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal also participated in the event organised by Pokhara Valley Broad Sanitation Campaign. During the event, Minister Basnet urged the locals for continuous efforts to protect the lake as it was a major tourist attraction. “As the lake is gradually shrinking and getting polluted due to the waste, we must work together to save the pride of Pokhara,” the minister argued. Provincial minister Lasmal, on his part, informed the preparation of the provincial government to set up a lake authority to save wetlands. “The provincial government has allocated five million rupees for the identification of wetlands in the province. As the future of the province depends much on the beautiful lakes, everyone of us in the province must take the responsibility to save these lakes,” he said. To observe the day today, a separate programme was also organised jointly in Pokhara by the Ministry of Forest and Environment of the federal government, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment  of the provincial government and Pokhara metropolis.