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Conserving bio-heritage

Every year June 5 is a day dedicated to our precious environment which is World Environment Day (WED) and this year it is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 00:30 IST

Every year June 5 is a day dedicated to our precious environment which is World Environment Day (WED) and this year it is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action.

Commemorated on June 5, 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the awareness stimulates worldwide for the environment and encourages political attention and action.

WED is an initiative to give a human face to environmental issues and enable people to realise not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

In the process of making our environment beautiful, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is also doing their bit by developing bio-diversity parks in the national capital of India, Delhi. These parks are unique landscapes, designed in house by DDA the first of their kind in India and perhaps in the world, which, like nature reserves, harbour hundreds of vanishing species living together in the form of diverse communities and provide ecological, cultural and educational benefits to the urban society.

The prime goal of the parks is conservation and preservation of ecosystems of the two major landforms of Delhi, the river Yamuna and the Aravalli hills.

These biodiversity parks act as heritage sites and repositories of the approximately 50, threatened communities of the Yamuna river basin and Aravalli hills, provide ideal alternative habitats for migratory and resident bird species, enhance ground water recharge and augment fresh water availability, act as sinks for CO2 and other pollutants, ameliorate local weather conditions and buffer ambient temperatures, promote eco-tourism and social connectivity across the urban community.

The parks are emerging as a major centre for enriching people's lives through environmental stewardship, education and awareness, especially for schools and colleges of Delhi and adjoining areas. Biodiversity Parks are serving as learning and orientation centre not only for the students but also for the teachers, scientists and officers belonging to the administrative services.

DDA has so far developed two such parks at Wazirabad and Vasant Kunj but four more are on the anvil. These green spreads within the city are going to contribute to the environment in a big way.