Release of Book to commemorate World Wetlands Day 2021


Release of Book to commemorate World Wetlands Day 2021

On the occasion of, World Wetlands Day, a book “Framework for Ecological Monitoring of Ramsar Sites and other Wetlands in India”, was released virtually by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti. The dignitaries present on the occasion were Shri Ratan Lal Kataria, Hon’ble Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, Shri Pankaj Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga. Dr. Dhananjai Mohan, Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. Ruchi Badola, Scientist G, Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. S.A. Hussain, and NMCG-WII project  team joined virtually for release of the book.

This book is an output of the Wildlife Institute of India’s and National Mission for Clean Ganga’s biodiversity conservation and Ganga rejuvenation initiative. This document will aid in comprehensive monitoring of the wetlands through easy techniques, and can be readily used by a large number of stakeholders. It provides a robust framework that addresses ecosystem level processes and functions to evaluate and prioritize wetlands for focused conservation action. The information generated using this framework would provide scientific baseline regarding the ecological conditions of wetlands, identification of specific cause of degradation and, will aid in prioritizing and planning focused conservation actions and management decisions. The monitoring techniques provided in this document are in sync with the Ramsar guidelines and can be used to assess the status of wetland in India. The techniques proposed in this book are robust, replicable and strengthen the existing wetland monitoring framework to allow rapid identification of changes in wetlands for timely implementation of conservation and management actions. This document is also a reflection of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Ramsar Convention and India’s National Water Policy, which emphasizes on restoration of the wetlands for water security. This document also aligns with the Ministry of Jal Shakti’s water conservation initiative ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’, which directs participation of stakeholder in water management with scientific inputs from local research and academic institutions.

pdfWetland Monitoring Guide (7,747 Kb)


Inauguration of “Ganga Avlokan and “Rowing Down the Ganges” on 29th September 2020

The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated NMCG initiatives in Uttarakhand through Video Link on 29th September 2020. The Hon’ble Prime Minister also inaugurated “Ganga Avlokan” a museum. “Ganga Avlokan” displays Ganga’s exquisite landscapes, distinctive biodiversity and cultural vibrancy. The museum at Chandi Ghat, Haridwar is a collaborative effort of NMCG and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Apart from showcasing Ganga river’s glory, the museum also provides information on the issues of Ganga conservation and the initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Jal Shakti to rejuvenate the River. The bilingual mode of narration of the museum will be instrumental in communicating the message across the masses, right from the local people to the international tourists. The museum will be contribute immensely in spreading awareness in view of its location in Haridwar, a pilgrimage city and the site for the Kumbh mela in 2021.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister, also released a book “Rowing Down the Ganges”. The book capturing the journey of the mighty Ganga is an endeavor of the Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun) and NMCG. The book “Rowing down the Ganges” captures the essence of Ganga through pictures and description, from its source to sea. The book is an attempt to unify the geological splendor, unique biodiversity and cultural vibrancy of the Ganga river. It conceptualizes the story of the Ganga as what one would see when one rows down from Gaumukh, its origin, to Ganga Sagar, the last point before merging with the sea. The book aims to inform and educate people, particularly the younger generation about the river and its splendid biodiversity.