Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems in India's Northeastern Himalaya Region
As of: November 2020
India is home to 3 of the world's 35 key hotspots of biological diversity. Two of these are located in the northeastern region. The biodiversity of the inland waters is widely unexplored, however, extremely threatened by anthropogenic drivers. The planned project aims to build the capacity of research institutes and departments in the eight northeastern states to assess the biological status of water bodies, protected areas and water quality. Following this, management plans will be drafted and protected areas designated and restored together with the local communities. This will be easier in the northeastern region than in the rest of the country due to the preponderance of communal land ownership. The project supports national contributions to CBD implementation through scientific advisory services,support for the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan as well as publications such as the Red List of Threatened Fish Species.
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.