Environmental Flows for River Ganga

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Nitin Kaushal

River Basins and Water Policy, World Wide Fund for Nature India, New Delhi

Abstract 
Globally, human alterations and interventions to the rivers for their usage have led to the creation of science of Environmental Flows (E-Flows); India and specifically Ganga river basin is no exception. This chapter touches upon the concept of E-Flows, its status in Indian context and its assessment through holistic methodologies. The chapter further explains detailed process of assessment of E-Flows with the help of a case study by WWF-India using a holistic methodology, i.e. Building Block Methodology (BBM). The chapter concludes by spelling the challenges and opportunities for E-Flows implementation.