CONSERVING WETLANDS IN THE GANGA BASIN
- Wetlands critical to maintain the hydrological, geomorphological and ecological balance of the Ganga basin are identified, their health status established and measures identified for conservation.
- Ecosystem based, community-led models of rejuvenating wetlands are demonstrated to enhance aviralta and nirmalta and strategy for scale up in the basin level is developed.
- Enabling policies for integrating wetland conservation in relevant and supporting programmes at the State and National level to facilitate restoration of aviral Ganga are developed.
- Stakeholders are empowered to contribute constructively to conservation of river-wetland continuum.
The report is an outcome of a workshop jointly organized by NMCG and WWF-India with aim to initiate a dialogue on wetland-river interconnectedness, and draw upon the experiences and knowledge of participants to prepare a roadmap for integrating and mainstreaming wetland conservation in the Ganga River Basin Management Plan. More than 60 wetland managers, experts, academia and decision makers collectively designed a set of recommendations, which will be acted upon by respective agencies.