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AIM:

This project aims to intensify the conservation efforts in identified sites along the mainstem Ganga River and up-scale the conservation effort to basin level for aquatic biodiversity conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services for a clean Ganga.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Strengthen the aquatic biodiversity conservation measures at six identified biodiversity hotspots along the Ganga River and monitor status of other areas.
  2. Explore the natural and assisted colonization of species of conservation significance to other stretches of mainstem Ganga River.
  3. Determine the current state of aquatic environment and biodiversity of the major tributaries and wetlands in Ganga basin.
  4. Identify direct and indirect drivers affecting the integrity of the aquatic environment and biodiversity in the Ganga basin.
  5. Pinpoint problematic areas and identify conservation priority zones.
  6. Strengthen/establish rescue and rehabilitation centres at strategic locations for aquatic species in distress.
  7. Involve communities and other stakeholders in the conservation process through capacity building, innovation and strengthening existing institutions.
  8. Garner support for aquatic biodiversity and Ganga conservation through education and outreach programs.
  9. Identify and analyse the hydro-socio-ecological relations in the river basin for efficient and targeted conservation action.
  10. Prepare an action plan to minimize the negative impacts of the direct and indirect drivers on the aquatic environment and biodiversity of the select tributaries of Ganga basin.
  11. Develop a centralized facility of laboratories and resource centre for aiding in science based management of the Ganga River and its tributaries.

 These objectives will be covered under three components, viz.

  • Science-based aquatic species conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services in the Ganga River basin.
  • Capacity building of the Forest Department and other stakeholders in managing aquatic and wetland resources.
  • Develop community based aquatic species conservation and outreach programmes for Ganga River basin. 

Framework for conservation planning in the Ganga River basin

Figure: Framework for conservation planning in the Ganga River basin

Components of the project

Figure: Components of the project