Namami Gange (“Clean Ganga”) - the umbrella programme of the government of India - was launched in 2014 with a renewed impetus to decrease river pollution and conserve the revered river ‘Ganga’. Germany, with its vast experiences in cleaning and rejuvenating European rivers such as Rhine, Elbe and Danube, was asked for contribution and in 2015 the technical cooperation project ‘Support to Ganga Rejuvenation’ was set-up with the objective to support institutions at national and at state level to apply integrated river basin management approaches for the rejuvenation of Ganga. The project is co-financed by BMZ and the EU in conjunction with the implementation support to the India EU Water Partnership (IEWP).
The cooperation is focusing on an Indo-German and EU knowledge exchange on strategic implementation of river basin management approaches, effective information/ data management systems, waste water management as well as awareness raising, public outreach and engagement with capacity development of partner institutions and other key stakeholders as cross-sectorial task. The political project partner is the Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR). The executing agencies are the National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the State Mission for Clean Ganga (SMCG) in the partner States of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
GIZ Sustainable Sanitation Programme
Policy Advisor in Bonn, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH