The Ganga River is the lifeline for a large number of Indians. With a network of tributaries, it forms one of the largest continuous alluvial-deposited plains of the world. The Gangetic floodplains encompasses 26.3 percent of the geographical area of India and supports fourty three percent of the country’s population. The Ganga River has ecological, social, economic and cultural significance. The Ganga Basin is rich in biodiversity and is home to a range of aquatic species including Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica ), three of the elusive otter species, the Smooth-coated, Eurasian and the Small clawed otter(Lutrogale perspicillata, Lutra lutra, Aonyx cinereus), critically endangered Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), Mugger (Crocodylus palustris), Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), at least 12 species of freshwater turtles including endangered Batagur kachuga, several species of fish such as critically endangered Gangetic Shark (Glyphis gangeticus), Gangetic stingray (Himantura fluviatilis), Mahaseers (Tor spp.), many freshwater crabs and waterbirds and island nesting birds

Project Background

The project titled "Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation" at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun, forms an integral part of NMCG’s vision for Ganga Rejuvenation by restoring Ganga’s ecological integrity.

The Wildlife Institute of India, under its NMCG-WII sponsored project “Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation” has established a cadre of around 600 Ganga Praharis from the local communities across five Ganga states. These Ganga Praharis are actively involved in Ganga conservation.

Encouraged by the response received from this programme, the Wildlife Institute of India has initiated the “Pravasi Ganga Prahari” programme with an aim to establish an informed and active group of individuals across different countries who will be supporting and working in synergy with the Ganga Praharis towards maintaining the social and ecological integrity of the Ganga River.

About us

PRAVASI GANGA PRAHARI is a platform for citizens of Indian origin and others residing across the global to make their contribute towards Ganga Cleanliness and rejuvenation. It is an extension of the Ganga Prahari programme where people valuing this priceless natural resource can come together, exchange ideas and contribute through off-site activities and on-site actions whenever they visit India. Thus, making it a platform for the global Indian citizens to make long-lasting contributions towards conservation of this natural resource. Through this group our diaspora can give their valuable suggestions towards nation building.

The programme aims to actively engage non-resident Indians, foreigners and global citizens as “Pravasi Ganga Praharis” through activities that would assist NMCG’s efforts in Ganga conservation. Working both on-site and off-site with the community members through awareness raising, community mobilization programmes and facilitating with various scientific and public institutions, these representatives of Pravasi Ganga Praharis will lay strong foundation for the conservation of the Ganga River at a global scale. They can also use this platform for making nominal monetary contributions that shall be directed to towards the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) set up by the NMCG.

Register with us

We welcome you to fill in your details in this Google form, to improve the present state of the sacred Ganga under the NMCG-WII project. .


People interested in contributing by cash are welcome to donate any desired amount above US$5 currency of the country of their present address through this platform.
  • Onsite Activities
  • Cleanliness Drive :along the Ghats, villages, towns and cities along the Ganga River.
  • Plantation Drive: Help in developing a green cover along the Ganga river.
  • Awareness programmes People residing in pockets along the Ganga river are unaware of its biodiversity, educate them through training and sensitization workshops.
  • Community mobilization : To bring both human and non-human resources together to undertake activities in order to sustainable conservation goals.
  • Participation in ecological survey
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  • Offsite Activities
  • Networking :Exchange of information and ideas of social and ecological aspect of Ganga River.
  • Generating awareness: Knowledge and understanding of aspects through innovative ideas.
  • Technological Support A large amount of information can be generated using information and communications technologies.
  • Organize interactive session : formal/informal gathering to discuss on Ganga rejuvenation.
  • Encourage other members of your community to join the cause
  • Register online
  • Online payment
  • Donation directed towards Ganga River cleanliness and rejuvenation can be made through the Pravasi Ganga Prahari Program.
  • VPA :cleangangafund@SBI / Scan the QR.
    Payment will be directed towards the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation). Donate Now

Contact us

Dr. Ruchi Badola
Scientist -G

Department of Ecodevelopment Planning and Participatory Management, WII, Dehra Dun

Dr. S. A. Hussain
Scientist -G

Department of Landscape Level Planning and Management, WII, Dehra Dun