Jal Shakti Ministry makes a push for conservation of Ganges dolphin

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 29

The Union Jal Shakti Ministry has made a push for defense and conservation of Ganges dolphins within the context to be able to rejuvenate the biodiversity of the river basin.

Ganges dolphin is India’s National Aquatic Animal. It is discovered within the nation’s Ganges and Brahmaputra river techniques, together with their main tributaries.  

The Ministry’s National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), which has been mandated with the clean-Ganga marketing campaign, has geared as much as synergise its efforts to implement the proposed “Dolphin Project” of the Ministry of Forest and Environment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced the challenge in his speech on Independence Day.

The challenge was conceptualised throughout a gathering of the National Ganga Council chaired by Modi on December 14 final in Kanpur. A case for conservation of Ganges dolphins was made by NMCG.

The Jak Shakti Ministry is of the agency view that safety of dolphins will even assist in enriching the biodiversity, which results in safeguard of surroundings and increase to economic system, significantly the states involving Ganga and Brahmaputra river techniques.  

The Centre has assigned the Environment Ministry to implement the challenge as a nodal authority.

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has been tasked to organize the challenge’s plan, which is predicted to be prepared by subsequent month.

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General of NMCG, stated, “The NMCG had been working for conservation and protection of dolphins. The project will help convergence of efforts of all concerned, and evolve a uniform standard of practice in the matter.”

“The Ganges Dolphin is an indicator species for the river ecosystem and is at the apex of the food chain,” Mishra stated.

“It is an endemic and rare aquatic mammal found only in the Indian subcontinent and is part of our natural aquatic heritage. Ganga River Dolphins, often called the ‘Tiger of the Ganges’, is an indicator species, which has the same role in a river ecosystem as a tiger does in a forest.”

Studies put the current inhabitants of Ganges dolphins to about 3,000.

The NMCG has additionally determined to rope within the Central Inland Fisheries Research (CIFR) Institute to assist construct conducive local weather in behaviour of fishermen in safety of the mammal.

CIFR might help rear fish which act as a eating regimen for dolphins. Also, fishermen needs to be motivated to watch out with regard utilizing nylon fishing nets which trigger deadly accidents to dolphins.

Also, NMCG has initiated a transfer for joint celebration of International Freshwater Dolphin Day on October 24 by India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which might assist construct consciousness for conservation of the mammal within the area.


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