Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems in Delhi NCR

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems in Delhi NCR

Help researchers understand how freshwater relates to biodiversity, and how they can better manage important freshwater ecosystems.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Wetlands are also huge reservoirs of biodiversity—in other words, a wide array of plant and animal species.

The services provided by wetlands are innumerable: groundwater replenishment, water purification, commercial products, and recreational space.

Researchers have observed that water quality in the freshwater bodies in and around Delhi is declining. Silt deposits in lakes are increasing, and the invasive water hyacinth is choking out native plant species. These factors could lead to falling bird populations as their habitats disappear.

Testing water

You'll work alongside field scientists to document the status of the urban water bodies.

On this project, you’ll help researchers assess the impact of water quality on bird density and diversity. You’ll also learn more about native flora and what we can do to preserve it. With your help, researchers can develop a wider understanding of how wetlands work and how they should be managed.

About the research area

Delhi, India, Asia

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Senior Consultant, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage

ABOUT Ritu Singh

Dr. Singh has many years of experience as an environmental conservation professional. Her focus has been water resource conservation, in particular wetland management and conservation. She has worked with national NGOs, research institutes, and recently with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Her work includes conservation planning, decentralized wastewater treatment, and wetland conservation. She holds a doctoral degree in forest ecology and the environment from the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.


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