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URBAN BIODIVERSITY

Preserving key habitats and strengthening a green corridor of open spaces across the city

As green cover across cities continues to shrink, our Land Biodiversity initiative is aimed at increasing lush green spaces.

Our Solution

Starting with Mumbai and Pune, we are establishing a network of interconnected public parks and open spaces from the Northern tip to Southern end of the city. Through this, we aim to provide suitable habitats for the seamless movement of flora and fauna across. We are aiming to ensure long-term survival of diverse native species and a resilient ecosystem.
Our current work pilots with 3 open spaces in the D ward, Mumbai and 1 in Pune.

Shantivan Park

Udaan Biodiversity Park, Pune

Captain Lotankar Udyan, Mumbai

These parks are being redesigned using ecological principles, to create an urban oasis. It acts as a carbon sink, mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing air pollution. Moreover, the increased biodiversity enhances the environment and provides valuable opportunities for experiential learning.

Project year: April 2024 

Sq.ft: 1.2 acre plot 

Location: Located between the Priyadarshini Park and the Hanging Gardens of Malabar, the Shantivan allows for a space of quiet learning, education and interaction.

  • Hidden Oasis: Features enchanting moss-covered paths and repurposed steps transformed into artificial streams and mini waterfalls, creating a charming escape.

  • Biodiversity Hotspot: Boasts over 86 plant species and 50+ fauna species, showcasing a vibrant ecosystem within the city.

 

After
Before

Introduction

The Udaan biodiversity park in Pune, a former 1.5-acre dumping ground, is a testament to our conservation efforts. Through our intervention, the land now thrives with diverse species, including rare and medicinal plants, native butterflies, birds, and animals.

Plants

With over 300 plant species, visitors and students alike frequent this space to learn about various herbal species and native plants. The Shiv Suman was considered as one of the 12 most threatened species in the world, but our conservation efforts have brought it back from the brink of extinction.

Birds and Animals

The Park hosts many habitats (including the nearby stream), food and secure sites for nesting. Thus, it is a small haven for birds both resident and migratory. Total 28 species of birds were recorded in 2023-24. A few other animal groups also form important links to the food chain.

Insects and Butterflies

Intensive research at the garden led to recording a plethora of wonderful insects – 45 species (excluding butterflies and odonates) belonging to 8 different insect orders. These included different types of beetles, flies, bugs, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers to name a few. It also hosts the State Butterfly of Maharashtra – Blue Mormon.

Project year: April 2024 

Sq.ft: 3500+ sq.m.

Location: Located along the edge of the Willingdon sports club, a densely covered strip of land edges the road. 

  • Botanical Treasure Trove: It boasts 49 recorded tree species, with 24 native varieties.

  • Heritage Trees: It houses 11 grand old trees, including 10 Raintrees and a Banyan, all classified as heritage trees.

  • Diverse Flora: The park showcases a variety of native and non-native trees like Kuchala, Java Olive, Mahogany, Rose Apple, and Ankol.

  • Rich Fauna: A survey identified 40 fauna species, including 14 butterfly species, birds like the Alexandrine Parakeet, and mammals like the Five-striped Palm Squirrel.
Currently, due to global warming, temperatures are peaking like never before. Offering respite in such times, these places will also offer cool spots for people to experience nature. Educational trails, informative signage, and designated areas for appreciating public art allow visitors to connect with nature in a meaningful way. 
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