Friends is in the process of creating a network of concerned
policy makers (at the local, state and national levels),
religious leaders, opinion builders/ eminent persons, media
and NGOs. The proposed name for the network is Ganga
Role: GF is proposed to be an initiative to build an influential
group of key actors as a valuable ally to the activities
of Eco-Friends. Through the Forum we seek to encourage
debate and promote cooperation and collaboration on restoring
the ecological health of the river Ganga.
Structure: GF would have a broad membership criterion. It would
consist of local self-government officials, state legislature
members and other officials as well national level parliamentarians.
Besides, it would have concerned opinion builders/eminent
persons, media persons and influential religious leaders.
Functions: The initiatives proposed are sharing of information on
the state of health of the river, receive inputs/reports
from Eco-Friends in informal meetings, contribute in awareness
programs, participation of eminent persons in lectures
and in field visits. GF would assist Eco-Friends in ongoing
advocacy and lobbying with concerned agencies for achieving
the overall goals of the project.
Meetings of some eminent citizens of Kanpur have already
been held and a core group has already been formed. More
people would be co-opted in the forum through the efforts
of the core members. Eco-Friends has already contacted 110
local corporators, around 100 women of All India Women’s
Conference, all the local MPs, MLAs and some religious leaders
and other distinguished people to join the Forum.