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New Delhi : Union Environment, Forest & Climate Change Bhupender Yadav on November 8, 2021, inaugurated the ‘Ganga Connect’ exhibition showcased by National Mission for Clean Ganga, c-Ganga, and the High Commission of India at the City of Glasgow College,  the largest educational institute in Scotland.

The exhibition is an attempt to showcase the level of development in the Ganga river basin to a global community of environmental stakeholders, who have gathered at Glasgow for the UN Conference of the Parties (COP-26) meeting, according to a PIB release.

In a blog, the Union environment Minister said: “Ganga Connect is a global exhibition that will showcase multiple facets of the river basin and connect with interested parties. This project is important from the point of view of preserving and protecting Ganga and its ecosystem and creating widespread awareness about the river basin.”

Yadav further added: “ Tthe exhibition offers a clear and deep understanding of the size, magnitude and complexity of the Ganga riverine ecosystem, puts  spotlight on the solutions, shares a status update and execution timeline, illustrates the deep spiritual and philosophical connect that Indians have with the river, enables engagement with interested parties and the diaspora who want to get involved in the rejuvenation, restoration,and conservation of the river system.”

The exhibition, which will go on at Glasgow till November 10, 2021, was visited by a large gathering of Scottish business groups as well as international visitors participating at COP-26 meetings and other members of the Indian diaspora. The exhibition is highlighting river Ganga as a major lab for global technology and the scientific community to develop cutting edge environmental solutions. I

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, NMCG, spoke about the approach and actions undertaken by Namami Gange for holistic rejuvenation of the Ganga River Basin. He mentioned how Government of India is open to global collaborations to solve the complex issues within the Ganga system.

The Expert Roundtable organised as a cross learning session amongst the experts pertained to the need for developing leadership oriented towards sustainability, co-constructing an enabling environment for optimising stakeholder engagement, need to learn from both evidence based sustainable practices and international best practices, etc.

The Ganga Connect has started at Glasgow, and will run through various cities in UK including Cardiff, Birmingham, Oxford, and will finally end in London, later this month.