Ganga River Basin Planning Project, India

The project ”Analytical Work and Technical Assistance to support Strategic Basin Planning for Ganga River Basin in India”, abbreviated to “Ganga River Basin Planning Project”, has the following objectives:

  1. Strengthen the capability of relevant central and state government agencies to undertake comprehensive evidence-based strategic basin planning for the Ganga River Basin;
  2. Develop, document and disseminate, through detailed analytical work and stakeholder engagement, a set of plausible scenarios that balance improving the health of the river and maintaining an acceptable level of economic productivity;
  3. Build a stronger and more accessible information and knowledge base to guide on-going dialogue and management of the Ganga River Basin; and
  4. Establish on-going multi-stakeholder engagement processes to support strategic basin planning.

The project is funded by the World Bank; the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR RD&GR) is the key stakeholder and central nodal point for the project. With support from the ministry the project connects to state departments and central agencies that play important roles in the planning and management of the water resources within the basin. The project also reaches out and involves academic organizations and non-governmental organizations in order to obtain the knowledge, ideas and interest of a wide group of stakeholders.

The establishment and facilitation of a multi-stakeholder consultation process, inside and outside of government, is one of the activities to guide and share the work above.

The engagement of stakeholders is obtained by involving them closely in developing, modeling and disseminating a series of plausible scenarios that explore alternative options for improving water management including improving river health. This process is known as collaborative modeling.

  • : Kees Bons
  • : Bouke Ottow, Andrew Warren