Workshop on Biodiversity and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ganga Prahari Program
Ganga River is the lifeline of entire India. As we know in all over the world fresh water crisis is becoming a very big problem. It is used to say that if 3rd world war happend in any time that should be caused by fresh water. We all know india is a land of river, we all bow to ganga as our mother. The Ganges is one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped in Hinduism and personified as the goddess Gaṅgā. It has also been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals located on its banks. The river now become very polluted with diverse reasons and that makes threat to everone, not only humans but also fish species, amphibian species, mammals species etc.
That's why in 2017 Ministry of Jal Shakti (Water Resources, River development & Ganga Rejuvenation), Government of India launched "NAMAMI GANGE PROJECT"(BOW TO GANGA RIVER), with objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation & rejuvenation of National River Ganga, as this project is very vast & diverse fields are involved so they decide to include and train the local people to get a easy path to sustain this valuable project because only literature is the weapon to spread knowledge to the people. The young associates are known as "GANGA PRAHARI (Protectors of Ganga River)" they are the cadre of motivated and trained volunteers from the local communities. Ganga Praharies worked with the professionals of the "WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA(WII)" & "FOREST DEPARTMENT OF INDIA".
Today in the presence of Mr. Rabindra Saha, District Forest Officer of Barrackpore, West Bengal, India and Mr. Saurav Gawan, expert from WII a workshop is held to attach the local students in the given program. About 30 peoples from diverse fields of education attained in this program.
The Workshop started with registration of the participants followed by a welcome address by Mr. Gawan. He introduced the participents & guests to NMCG-WII project activities in the five states ( Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal) through which the ganga flew, highlighting the six major components of the project, progress made so far and its future expectations in conservation of Biodiversity of Ganga River.
During the second half he described in details about the role and responsibilities of being a Ganga Praharies and how important it is for ensuring sustainability of the conservation effort. As conservation of the of Ganga aqualife is the ultimate goal of the project, a sessiion highlighting the biodiversity of Ganga River was part of the third session, where Mr. Gawan enriched the participents on the ecological part of the project. He informed us about the rescue and rehabilitation centre that are being developed in Barrakpore, West Bengal. India. The workshop was unique in a manner that a special session was introduced where the Ganga Praharies were demonstrated how to handle the species of Ganga river with the use of cloth models(Replica of the species).
Presence of Mr. R.N. Saha, State forest Official, made the event special as he shared his thoughts with the participents.