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Climate adaptation for Ganga river ecosystem

Dec 23, 2011

A recent report For a Living Ganga: Working with people and aquatic speciesby World Wildlife Fund emphasises on locally developed climate adaptation strategies to improve the Ganga ecosystem.

For a Living Ganga: Working With People and Aquatic Species

Published by: World Wildlife Fund- India, October 2011

The report focuses on improving the status of Ganga river ecosystem in India. It highlights the adaptation strategies by WWF-India, like river bank restoration, alternate and improved livelihoods and reduction in pollution entering the river in the upper stretch of the Ganga river.


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,” says the report.

Some of the main features and activities mentioned in this report are:

Mapping of the existing land use and land cover of the region with a focus on river basin.

Highlighting the threats to the Indicator Aquatic species population with special emphasis on Ganges dolphin and turtles in the study area.

Mapping of aquatic biodiversity based on the ground information and GPS locations.

Studying land use patterns in and around the river basin.

Identifying and prioritising areas which require immediate protection and management Intervention in terms of Indicator Aquatic species population and river threats.

Detailed mapping of two focal villages where, conservation/climate change adaptation efforts were taken up.

This report gives the reader an insight of the intensive research carried out on habitat utilisation of higher aquatic vertebrates such as the Ganges river dolphin and turtles in the upper Ganga river.

The result of the research indicates that any such study that attempts to understand the impact of climate change on the species and the people needs a longer time frame.

However, it is imperative to continue working with locally developed adaptation strategies to improve the utilisation of available water resources.

Source : WWF
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