FOR A LIVING GANGA- Working with people and aquatic species

Posted on
07 December 2011
WWF-India has been working in the upper Ganga river stretch since 1997. Various programmes and projects involving indicator aquatic species and local communities have been implemented. It has been a major learning experience. The overarching focus has been on the effort to improve the status of the Ganga river ecosystem.

Keeping in mind WWF-India’s earlier work and achievements in upper Ganga river stretch, WWF-India’s Freshwater Programme scaled up the work during 2007–2009. Along with biodiversity conservation, in this phase, WWF-India focused on adaptation strategies, like river bank restoration, alternate and improved livelihoods and reduction in pollution entering the river in this stretch of the Ganga river. The pilot sites for implementation of the project were in Karnabas and Mubarakpur villages located in Bulandsahar district of Uttar Pradesh. WWF-India used sophisticated tools and methods to understand the status
of indicator species and the health of the river ecosystem.

The involvement of various partners, including religious leaders, government departments and NGOs, in the project, the improvement in the livelihood of the local people and the riverine habitat has provided additional acceptability for WWF-India’s work. Awareness of the local community towards the environment has helped us greatly in motivating them to work for conservation and adaptation.


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