Call to trace and revive lost waterbodies

Our friend Frank Heckman is interested in restoring the health of watersheds led by local communities, in a program he calls Green River, which is starting in the Gundar Basin in India in association with the Dhan Foundation. The work at the Sanctuary has been a big inspiration including the idea of the Green Phoenix as expressed by Wolfgang and others at the Sanctuary. This article in the Hindu describes presentations by Frank and Supi during the 21st Dhan Foundation Day celebration:


Hindu article: ‘Green river’ and ‘Green phoenix’ projects launched.

Gundar river basin, a system as unique as the Vaigai basin, must be protected as old tank systems work effectively. All lost waterbodies must be traced and revived, said Frank Heckman, founder of Embassy of the Earth.

Speaking on Green river- future of humanity at the Dhan Foundation’s 21st Foundation Day celebration, he said Gundar basin was spread over five districts.

As part of the celebration, Green river and Green phoenix projects were launched. Mr. Heckman said tanks-based watershed development programmes were vital for the Green river initiative. “There was a time when people could drink water directly from rivers and streams. It is now unimaginable. The process of greening the river is to ensure that areas around Gundar basin are recharged,” he said.

Modifying policies on waterbodies, effective local governance and proper education would facilitate change.

Conservationist Suprabha Seshan, managing trustee of Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, said those interested in conservation of flora and fauna were welcome to participate in Green Phoenix project. “The Western Ghats have been denuded due to rapid industrialisation. We work with village women at Wayanad in Kerala in protecting the habitat. The project is aimed at bringing nature back to life from ashes – like the mythical phoenix,” she said.

Ms. Suprabha said over 1,000 plant species had been preserved at the 67-acre sanctuary in Wayanad. She said that she envisioned a world where men and women lived in harmony with nature. Community participation included waste management, pollution control and rainwater harvesting, she said.

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