Ecological management of rivers in India: a long road ahead

Unfortunately, Indian rivers have been viewed at as only providers of water and receivers of waste water and effluents. The ecosystemic links between upstream, mid stream, floodplains and riparian areas have not been the focus of any river improvement schemes or developmental projects. Ecological management of rivers seems to arise from a democratic and sustainable approach to natural resource management in which science has a critical part to play, but the overarching motif seems to be governance.