Project Profile

Restoring the Ganges: healthier rivers for safer water and more productive agro-ecosystems

Duration : January 15, 2015 - December 15, 2016

The Ganges River is a symbol of faith, heritage and civilization. The river and its tributaries provide an extensive range of ecosystem services to riverine communities: water for cities and agriculture; fish production; recreational uses; and important sites for religious purposes to name a few. However, rapid population growth and uncontrolled urbanization within the basin and along the river, and the resulting water abstractions and pollution loads, have reduced the provision of these ecosystem services and impacted productivity, environment and peoples? health and well-being. Adopting an ecosystems based approach, in collaboration with key stakeholders, the consortium will identify and analyse the feasibility of technical, economic, and institutional solutions to clean and restore riverine ecosystems and analyse the potential for implementation of the most promising solutions throughout the Basin. These solutions will be gender sensitive and transformative and focus on improving river health in two ways: i) restore environmental flows and assimilative capacity of rivers, ii) reduce pollution loads

Location(s): India
Project Contact: Mateo-Sagasta, Javier
Donor(s): WLE
Research Collaborator(s) : Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, Institute of Rural Management Anand-(IRMA), World Wide Fund for nature-India(WWF-India),

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI