Project Profile

Environmentally Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Upper Ganga Basin

Duration : November 1, 2008 - October 31, 2011
(Extended to March 31, 2012)

This study is pioneering and unique in several aspects. First, a detailed environmental flow (EF) analysis has been carried out for a large river basin, i.e., the Upper Ganga Basin (UGB) in India, for the first time. Second, the EF analysis links with hydrological regimes anticipated under future climate change (CC) scenarios. Also, the study is conducted under conditions of a severe lack of observed flow data in the basin and the lack of national expertise in EF assessment. The overall logic of the study is to:

  • establish and describe baseline ecological and hydrological conditions in the UGB;
  • apply the Building Block Methodology for a comprehensive EF assessment;
  • downscale global CC scenarios to the UGB and describe future flow regimes;
  • assess EF under future CC scenarios; and
  • examine water management measures which are required to satisfy the estimated EFs

Location(s): India
Project Contact: Bharati, Luna
Donor(s): World Wide Fund for Nature,India
Project Outputs: View Document

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