The GRCA was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai.
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG): It is responsible for implementing India's NamamiGange program, has taken a significant stride in river conservation and sustainable water management.
Global River Cities Alliance (GRCA): This was achieved through the launch of the Global River Cities Alliance (GRCA) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai.
Expanding Reach of River Cities Alliance:
River Cities Alliance : The GRCA builds upon the existing River Cities Alliance formed by NMCG in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), which includes 142 Indian River cities as members.
Inclusion of river cities: The global expansion of this alliance saw the inclusion of river cities such as Den Haag from the Netherlands, Adelaide from Australia, and Szolnok from Hungary.
Memorandum of Common Purpose (MoCP): In a groundbreaking move, the River Cities Alliance (RCA) had previously signed a Memorandum of Common Purpose (MoCP) with 124 member cities of the Mississippi River Towns and Cities Initiative in the United States.
This collaboration marks the first-of-its-kind alliance in the world, underlining the shared commitment to global river conservation.
Significance of the GRCA: The NMCG, in a statement, highlighted the significance of the GRCA launch as a momentous step in global efforts towards river conservation and sustainable water management.
Quoting PM NarendraModi's Vision:
New river planning: G Asok Kumar, Director General of NMCG, quoted Prime Minister NarendraModi's call for new river planning.
Rivers in urban planning: Stressing the importance of mainstreaming rivers in urban planning without a regulatory mindset, Kumar emphasized the need for a holistic approach to ensure the sustainability of river ecosystems.
Global River Cities Alliance's Role:
Global commitment: The launch of GRCA signifies a global commitment to coordinate efforts for the conservation and sustainable management of rivers.
Crucial Roles: As an alliance with international representation, it will play a crucial role in developing strategies, sharing best practices, and fostering collaboration among cities facing similar challenges related to river ecosystems.
Varied Continents: The inclusion of cities from different continents in the GRCA, coupled with the MoCP signed with the Mississippi River Townsand Cities Initiative, underscores the uniqueness of this initiative.
Bringing together cities across the globe: By bringing together cities across the globe, the GRCA aims to create a platform for collective action and knowledge exchange in the pursuit of common goals related to river conservation.
Global pursuit of river conservation: The launch of the Global River Cities Alliance by the National Mission for Clean Ganga marks a historic moment in the global pursuit of river conservation.
Venues for innovative solutions: As cities from diverse regions unite under this alliance, it opens avenues for innovative solutions, collaborative initiatives, and the exchange of expertise to address the challenges faced by river ecosystems worldwide.
Sustainable water management: The GRCA is poised to become a catalyst for positive change and sustainable water management on a global scale.