FRI hosts DPR Preparation of Forestry Interventions for Ganga
The Ganges is one of the most sacred river and lifeline to millions of Indians. However, increased population growth and associated industrial development, construction of dams and deforestation have influenced the water flow regime adversely. Furthermore, an increased dumping of waste water into the river has aggravated the problem by reducing the self-cleansing capacity of river through dilution maintained by ecological flow. Major concerns focus on consequences of land-use change, which may alter the amount of infiltration into the groundwater system and can affect the quality of water discharged from a watershed. Clearly, there is a need of wider participation of various agencies and stakeholders to augment the quantity and quality of water in the river Ganga.Uttarakhand with about450 km length of the river Ganga (out of total 2500km) has 14 drains which discharges 440 million litres of sewage per day.
Forest Research Institute is organizing a two days First Consultation Meeting for the State of Uttarakhand on “DPR Preparation of Forestry Interventions for Ganga” on 16 -17 April 2015. This meeting is being organized under the project sanctioned by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMGC), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. India, New Delhi. Experts and stakeholdersfrom IIT’s, National Institute of Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Forest Survey of India, Soil Conservation, National Ganga Authority, AMU, State Departments of Forest, Irrigation, Peyjal Nigam, Agriculture, Pollution Control Board, Biodiversity Board, Hydroelectric projects and various NGO’s are participating in the meeting. The participants would deliberate on the project formulation & implementation and identify the opportunities & constraints to make Ganga clean.
At the onset Mr. Kunal Satyarthi, Head SilvicultureDivision welcomed all the participants and gave a brief report about the project and its objectives. Thereafter, Dr. P.P. Bhojvaid, Director FRI and the Chief Project Coordinator highlighted the issues of concern in cleaning Ganga through forestry interventions and mentioned the enormous opportunities. Dr. G.S. Goraya, DDG (Research), ICFRE also expressed his views about thethreats tohimalayan rivers and the importance to make river Ganga clean by various new technologies. Dr. S. Chandola, MD, Uttarakhand Forest Corporation deliberated about the details of possible forestry interventions in preparation of detail project report for Ganga and he also conveyed his best wishes for the success of project. On 16th April, various experts and stakeholders discussed their views on cleaning Ganga in three technical sessions viz. Experiences from Ganga cleaning efforts and future possibilities, Forestry Interventions: Opportunities and Constraints and Community participation models for clean Ganga through Forestry Interventions. Two technical sessions and the Final Panel discussion and recommendations would take place on 17 April 2015.