Wetlands International South Asia in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh State Wetlands Authority hosted a virtual workshop on July 24, 2020. The workshop was held with the objective of training the forest officials on rapid assessment techniques for wetlands. Mr Arvind Yadav, IFS (Divisional Forest Officer-Kanpur) welcomed the participants. Over thirty forest department officials from 5 districts were imparted training on Wetlands Condition Assessment which included rapid assessment of wetlands features such as; boundary delineation, hydrology, ecology, evaluation of ecosystem services, threats mapping and identifying and addressing priority management needs.
The project Conserving and Sustainably Managing Gangetic Floodplain Wetlands of Uttar Pradesh has been awarded by the National Mission on Clean Ganga, Jal Shakti Mantralya of Government of India and, is being implemented by the Uttar Pradesh State Wetlands Authority. Wetlands International South Asia is the knowledge partner providing technical support and hand-holding in project implementation. The overall objective of the project is ‘Effective management of floodplain wetlands in River Ganga Districts to ensure sustained provision of wide-ranging ecosystem services naturally provided by these ecosystems and securing diverse habitats’. It is structured around following four components:
Component 1: Wetlands inventory and assessment.
Component 2: Management planning.
Component 3: Wetlands monitoring.
Component 4: Capacity development and outreach.