MSSRF together with ERRC to implement a River Health Management Project

MSSRF in association with the Environmental Resource Research Centre (ERRC) will implement a project supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. This project is designed to train a cohort of Indian stakeholders – policy makers, scientists and practitioners –and members of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) -the grass root level body for implementation of India’s Biodiversity Act in River Health Management. Kerala’s much revered river Pampa has been selected as the candidate river for the hands on training programme. The project titled ‘The health and restoration of economically and culturally important rivers of India using biological indicators found in Kerala streams, within the context of climate change impacts and sustainable development’. Monitoring rivers using bio-indicators provide the most integrative view of river health. With increasing industrialization, population growth, land use changes and developmental challenges, the natural ability of rivers to provide goods and services have been severely curtailed. The project will be commenced soon.