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About Wildlife Institute of IndiaEstablished in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues.

The Institute's idyllic campus that has been carefully developed to create state of the art infrastructure encourages scholarly work.

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A roundtable meeting was held on 5th March 2020, at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), under its NMCG project “Planning and Management for Aquatic Species Conservation and Maintenance of Ecosystem Services in the Ganga River Basin for a clean Ganga”. The roundtable meeting focused on the discussion and development of measures and scores for Gross Environment Product (GEP) for the state of Uttarakhand. The meeting was chaired by Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India. Dr. Dhananjai Mohan, Director, WII welcomed the dignitaries and spoke on relevance of the meeting at WII. Padma Bhushan Dr. Anil P. Joshi introduced the concept of GEP and requested the invited dignitaries to share their experiences on technicalities of defining indicators for calculating GEP of four sectors, viz. Forests, Water, Air and Soil. Dr. Ruchi Badola Scientist-G, WII and coordinator for the meeting, provided an overview of the roundtable meeting and highlighted its objectives. Dr. Badola also pointed out the importance of empowering local communities, so that they become providers rather than beneficiaries of the ecosystem services. Dr. Shilija Vaidya Gupta, Senior Adviser/Scientist ‘H’, Office of Principle Scientific Adviser, GOI expressed that the state of Uttarakhand is the birthplace of the Ganga River and is home to many of our country's pristine landscapes. Dr. Shilija expressed that there is no other place better suited to lead the country, other than Uttarakhand in a revival of our environment, through inclusion of the four sectors as a measure of GEP. The GEP will reflect not just the economic benefits but also the ecological cost of every sector. She further added that data and indicators are needed at finer scale. GEP will be an indicator of sustainable solution. Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan summarized the discussion by pointing out the urgent need for real time data at ground level, which would help in long-term decision-making. The sectors will have to be continuously monitored for obtaining the data for indicators. The outcome as GEP will be utilized for red flagging the impacts and framing policy actions to address the tipping points.

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