Environmental flows for Kumbh 2013 at triveni sangam, Allahabad

Environmental flows for Kumbh 2013 at triveni sangam, Allahabad WWF-India carried out a scientific assessment of E-Flows for a healthy Ganga during Kumbh 2013 to ensure adequate release of flows in the River Ganga and to build consensus on Environmental Flows among key stakeholders. The E-Flows assessment was based on socio-cultural aspirations, ecological and geo-morphological considerations at Sangam, Allahabad during Kumbh 2013. The assessment was carried out under WWF-India’s ‘Rivers for Life, Life for Rivers’ programme with key partners such as Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, technical and research institutes such as CIFRI (Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute) and NGOs such as PSI (People Science Institute) and experts among others. A report on benefits of E-Flows with recommendations has been developed and shared with key policy makers including the Government of Uttar Pradesh to ensure maintenance of flows during Kumbh 2013. Environmental Flows (or simply E-Flows) are defined as the flows required for the maintenance of the ecological integrity of rivers, their associated ecosystems, and the goods and services provided by them and to fulfill the aspirations of the people.