Environmental Flows for a Healthy Ramganga
Environmental Flows for a Healthy Ramganga, the report developed by WWF-India and its partners, namely – IIT Kanpur, IIT BHU Varanasi, ICAR-CIFRI Prayagraj, PSI Dehradun, INRM Consultants New Delhi and individual experts (including Mr. Ravindra Kumar). The knowledge-sharing support from the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation & Water Resources Department (Government of Uttar Pradesh) was extremely helpful for this study. The Central Water Commission (CWC) Government of India shared the required hydrological information for the identified sites under the Government of India’s Hydro-meteorological Data Dissemination Policy 2013. This report captures the entire process of the Ramganga E-Flows Assessment, with a trade-offs analysis. The Ramganga E-Flows Assessment is done for eight locations, spread across the state of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The Ramganga E-Flows Assessment was done for different scenarios, considering various River Health Categories. The report also offers a roadmap to demonstrate E-Flows in Ramganga. A set of short, medium and long term actions, covering social, technical, policy and institutional aspects, were developed for restoring E-Flows. It builds on the experiences of Environmental Flows restoration across the globe.
About WWF-India’s Environmental Flows (E-Flows) work
WWF-India’s E-Flows work (since 2008) in the Upper Ganga (from its origin up to Kanpur) focused on developing, improvising and testing an Environmental Flows Assessment (EFA) methodology. Later on, WWF-India and its partners following to the E-Flows work in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh in 2012 & 2013, realized that it was imperative to pilot the EFA and its implementation in a smaller river to build a base for demonstrating various mechanisms for the realization and monitoring of E-Flows. The basic premise was that, with successful demonstration of E-Flows in a tributary would hold the potential for effectively presenting a strategy for mainstreaming E-Flows at the State and the National level. WWF-India is also working on E-Flows in Beas river in Punjab and Bhavani river in Tamil Nadu.
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