Wetlands International South Asia is a technical partner of Uttar Pradesh State Wetlands Authority on matters concerning conservation and management of wetlands. Under a National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) funded project on ‘Conservation and integrated management of River Ganga floodplain wetlands of Uttar Pradesh’, Wetlands International South Asia conducted training workshops for forest officials of the state on rapid assessment techniques for wetlands.
In the three workshops conducted at Allahabad (on March 16), Varanasi (on March 18) and Budayun (on March 20), over 120 forest department officials from 16 districts were imparted training on wetlands delineation, rapid assessment of hydrological, ecological and socioeconomic features, evaluating ecosystem services, analysing threats and priority management needs. Each training included conducting field assessments at a wetland identified by the Forest Department.
In the coming months, the data from the field will be used to build a functional inventory of Gangetic wetlands of Uttar Pradesh.