Assessing ecosystem responses and socio-economic impacts of altered and free-flowing rivers
This Royal Norwegian Embassy-funded project continued ATREE’s work in the Aghnashini, Son and the Bedthi basins. The project, which is also supported by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, aims to estimate the ecological flows in the Son Gharial Sanctuary (Son basin), Madhya Pradesh. The project will evaluate the effects of hydropower projects on fish population and conduct hydrological and water quality monitoring in the Aghnashini basin. The project conducted the first-ever study of recovery of fish species below hydrologic barriers in the Western Ghats. This is the first study on ecosystem services and fish response of estuarine ecosystems and river to upstream flows of fresh water in Aghanashini basin.