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Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems in India's Northeastern Himalaya Region

As of: January 2021

Population growth, increased usage intensity and climate change impacts are increasingly threatening aquatic habitats and their ecosystem services in India’s northeastern Himalayan region. The project is helping to ensure the retention and sustainable use of this region’s unique ecosystems, which form the basis for the livelihoods of millions of people. Capacity-building in the affected Indian administrative and research institutions, as well as local user groups, aims to provide the resources and skills needed for the participative development of protective and sustainable usage models for aquatic natural resources in selected sections of rivers in four states. These usage models are then tested in the context of pilot projects. The establishment of local and international networks promotes knowledge sharing and the dissemination of good practice. In addition, the project is setting up an excellence cluster that will also remain active once the project completes.

State of implementation/results

  • Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and the associated restrictions, the planned start of the project and the start of activities in the four partner states in the northeast region is delayed.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India

Implementing partner(s):
  • Institute of Inland Fisheries Potsdam-Sacrow (Institut für Binnenfischerei e.V. Potsdam-Sacrow)
  • Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region - India
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India

BMU grant:
4.700.000,00 €

01/2020  till  12/2023

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