Managing Urban Waterbodies for Making Cities Water-sensitive and Improving River Health

Managing Urban Waterbodies for Making Cities Water-sensitive and Improving River Health
Centre for Science and EnvironmentStreamed live 14 hours ago
Water stress, exhibited through a galloping freshwater demand-supply gap, increasing incidences of urban flooding and rapidly depleting groundwater reserves, has become common phenomenon in and around the cities of the Ganga basin in India. The reasons are rapid urbanisation and loss of waterbodies (ponds, lakes, floodplains and the catchment area).

The need of the hour is to restore, rejuvenate and protect waterbodies (including the catchment). This requires sensitisation of agencies and functionaries involved in urban planning and land development on the issues and challenges, as well as on the potential of water-sensitive urban design and development (WSUDP) – in particular, urban waterbodies management — to enhance liveability and resilience in cities and to improve river health/flow.

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