Lake Lanao (Maranao: Ranao or Ranaw) is a large lake in the Philippines, located in Lanao del Sur province in the country's southern island of Mindanao. With a surface area of 340 km2, it is the largest lake in Mindanao, and the second largest lake in the Philippines and counted as one of the 15 ancient lakes in the world.
The lake is fed by four rivers. Its only outlet is the Agus ...
River, which flows northwest into Iligan Bay via two channels, one over the Maria Cristina Falls and the other over the Linamon Falls. A hydroelectric plant installed on the Lanao Lake and Agus River system generates 70% of the electricity used by the people of Mindanao.
The lake is a home of myths and legends of the Meranaw tribe. The name Meranaw was derived from the name of the lake and it means "the people living around the lake". Lake Lanao was proclaimed as a watershed reservation in 1992 to ensure protection of forest cover and water yield for hydropower, irrigation and domestic use.
The lake is (or was) home to 18 endemic species of cyprinid fish in the genus Barbodes (most were formerly in Puntius). It also supports a large number of waterfowl. An investigations in 1992 only managed to locate three of the endemic fish species, and only two (Barbodes lindog and B. tumba) were located in 2008. It is believed that overfishing, pollution and competition from introduced species caused the extinction of the remaining.
In October 2006, a study from the Mindanao State University discovered massive algae contamination in Lake Lanao. Initially, poor sewage and agricultural waste management were seen as the culprit to the contamination. However, the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources stated that soil erosion from indiscriminate logging and extensive land use and farming are the problems that caused the algae contamination. Around 42 endemic crab species can also be found in Lake Lanao.
Lake Lanao Watershed Forest Reserve News
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to disperse 5 million fingerlings of various noninvasive species in Lake Lanao next month in its bid to increase the food supply of Lanao del Sur.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pi?ol said the operation, which is under the DA?s Balik Sigla sa mga Ilog at Lawa (Basil) Program, is also part of the DA?s initiative to aid farmers and fishermen in the area who were displaced by the ongoing war in Marawi City.
?My directive to Agriculture Undersecretary [for Fisheries] Eduardo B. Gongona is that within two weeks we will be seeding Lake Lanao with a ...
To address threats facing the country's second largest lake, Mindanao's biggest state university in Marawi City and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur have agreed to carry out a project that will protect Lake Lanao and preserve its dwindling fish species and other marine resources.
The 34,000-hectare Lake Lanao serves as the major source of energy for Mindanao.
Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto-Adiong and Habib Macaayong, president of the Mindanao State University (MSU), on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement binding their offices to cooperate on the projects.
The largest state-owned university in Mindanao and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur agreed on Monday to jointly protect Lake Lanao and preserve its dwindling endemic fish species.
Lanao del Sur Gov. Bedjoria Soraya Alonto-Adiong and Habib Macaayong, president of the Mindanao State University (MSU), have signed a memorandum of agreement binding their offices to cooperate on the projects.
The deal, forged at the provincial capitol in Marawi City in the presence of local officials, is meant to improve the productivity of local fishing communities while ensuring the abundance of fi ...
The provincial government of Lanao del Sur has created Lanao Basin Management Council this week to ensure proper planning and implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project (INREMP) for Lake Lanao River Basin.
During a meeting here with local government units on Tuesday, January 10, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the provincial government created programs and roadmap for the Lake Lanao River Basin.
Lake Lanao is located in Lanao del Sur. It covers 340 square kilometers and is the largest lake in Mindanao, the 2nd in t ...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) extended its Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) with a budget of P7.45 billion, including the preservation of the country's second largest lake, the Lake Lanao in Lanao del Sur.
INREMP is one of the major projects of the DENR's Forest Management Bureau (FMB). This project aims to maintain the upper river basins and watersheds to aid poverty reduction, watershed management, biodiversity protection and climate change strategy by improving the capability of local government units (LGUs), institut ...
The governor of Lanao del Sur and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are now bound by an agreement to cooperate in preserving Lake Lanao, source of hydroelectricity feeding three-fourths of Mindanao's daily power needs.
It was only Malacañang that originally has authority to manage and protect Lake Lanao --- touted as Asia's largest and a powerful icon of the Maranaw tribe --- through a centralized set-up local officials and environmentalist opposed for decades for being so cumbersome and ineffective.
Salma Jayne Tamano, Lanao del Sur provincial information offic ...