JUNE 7, 2020
India has a rich heritage of water resources which is under danger , mostly because of our own actions!
Multiple actions have been taken by our government, various NGOs and individuals , yet we still are losing the game.
Now it is the time to come out and join hands in a mass effort towards conservation of our rivers.
Rivers are the source of fresh water , not only for drinking cooking etc. but we all know that our country’s major agricultural irrigation is drawn from our rivers. Thus keeping our rivers clean is our own responsibility.
Agricultural ecosystems of India supported by major river systems.
Picture credit – R.P. Singh
Ganga alone supports 2000 aquatic species including the threatened species like bottle nose dolphin and garhial. Destruction of their habitat will result in extinction of such species.
Mangrove ecosystems of India. Picture credit – Netra Bhandari
Bottle nosed dolphin in Ganga river
Riverine fisheries provides livelihood to more than 10.8 million Indians and these ecosystems are at a risk due to degradation of habitats from encroachment, pollution and sand mining. Thus our actions are threatening our own livelihoods and nutritional security.
Local water bodies are source of livelihood for millions.
Picture credit – R.P.Singh & Netra Bhandari