The Lake opens into a cave in the makatea, but it's been at risk for years because of poor agricultural practices and a lack of proper management. In return for the work which has been done, the islanders have promised to protect the lake by banning pesticides, dumping, tethering of livestock and construction of any building within 50 metres of the shoreline.
The investment has been made by Seacology, whose sole purpose is preserving the highly endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world. And they're about to embark on another project on uninhabited Takutea
which will set up a wildlife santuary of nearly 300 acres and a 50 miles protection zone around the coastline.
The Seacology website
is fascinating and well worth a visit. And I am grateful for their permission to use the photographs on the left which show the lake and one of the viewing platforms.