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Upper Ganga River

Details of the Indian Ramsar Site: Upper Ganga River
Site NameUpper Ganga River
StateUttar Pradesh
Ramsar Site Number1574
Ramsar Designation Date08 Nov 2005
Area26590 hectares
CategoriesInland wetland
Permanent freshwater marshes/ pool
Human-made wetland
Water storage area/Reservoir
Irrigated land
min / max
183 / 205
Listed in Montreux Record?No
Spans over more than one country?No
A shallow river stretch of the great Ganges with intermittent small stretches of deep-water pools and reservoirs upstream from barrages. The river provides habitat for IUCN Red listed Ganges River Dolphin, Gharial, Crocodile, 6 species of turtles, otters, 82 species of fish and more than hundred species of birds. Major plant species, some of which have high medicinal values, include Dalbergia sissoo, Saraca indica, Eucalyptus globulus, Ficus bengalensis, Dendrocalamus strictus, Tectona grandis, Azadirachta indica and aquatic Eichhorina. This river stretch has high Hindu religious importance for thousands of pilgrims and is used for cremation and holy baths for spiritual purification. Major threats are sewage discharge, agricultural runoff, and intensive fishing. Conservation activities carried out are plantation to prevent bank erosion, training on organic farming, and lobbying to ban commercial fishing.
Natural system modifications, Dams and water management/use, Unspecified/others, Agriculture & aquaculture, Non specified, Biological resource use, Fishing and harvesting aquatic resources, Human settlements (non agricultural), Housing and urban areas, Pollution, Household sewage, urban waste water, Industrial and military effluents, Agricultural and forestry effluents
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