School children visit Yamuna Bio-diversity Park

New Delhi, Jan. 27 (ANI): On the initiative of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), 100 school children of Prerna School from Moti Bagh, run by IAS Officers’ Wives Association, visited the Yamuna Bio-diversity Park today with a view to getting education on the subject of environment, ecology and nature.

DDA in its promotion activities extended the invitation to the poor children, orphanages and such institutions to educate children of all strata.

It may be mentioned that DDA in its effort to promote environmental education and nature conservation, invites school children and college students to the Bio-diversity Parks and in Aravali Bio-diversity Park, the facility of camping/overnight stay has also been provided.

It may also be mentioned that Delhi Development Authority has launched the establishment of network of Biodiversity Parks in collaboration with the University of Delhi. The concept of Biodiversity Park was first evolved in Delhi and implemented by DDA.

DDA has already notified 06 Biodiversity Parks, of which two Biodiversity Parks (Yamuna and Aravali Biodiversity Parks) are fully functional and became Nature Reserves of Delhi. Both Yamuna and Aravali Biodiversity Parks simulates the National Parks. The Biodiversity Parks are unique urban landscapes that preserve the natural heritage including vanishing flora and fauna.

Yamuna and Aravali Biodiversity Parks have already been providing ecological services to the city of Delhi such as buffering the local weather, recharging ground water, trapping dust, sequestering CO2 and assimilating pollutants, besides serving as a habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species including migratory birds.

It is evident that the increasing pollution load in Delhi has deteriorated the quality of life. For example the high levels of SPM and other air pollutants have resulted in high incidence of respiratory and heart problems among Delhi citizens. The drinking water has become not only a major crisis in Delhi, but also the ground water is rapidly depleting and polluted.

The two major landforms of Delhi such as River Yamuna and Delhi Ridge, which once used to provide ecological goods and services to the society, have lost their life supporting potentials. In such scenario, there is need to raise awareness among people towards nature conservation and the goods and services provided by natural ecosystems.

It is essential to bring school students as a part of nature conservation movement. They not only understand the environmental basics and related issues but inculcate high-quality environmental practices and promote elders to follow the same. This is necessary further, as environmental knowledge will ultimately have positive impacts on environmental quality and conservation ethics.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park is a platform which is working as a living laboratory for a range of students and researchers, where groups are taken within the park on predetermined nature trail. The park offers a wide range of opportunities to live, learn and adapt the ways and means by which humans live in harmony with the rest of the nature. Here students can see various forest communities and wetlands and observe different birds and butterflies with their whole life stages to understand importance of nature and species in an ecosystem.

In Yamuna Biodiversity Park there are 860 Species groups of Terrestrial Plants, 98 Aquatic Plants, 192 Birds, 75 Butterflies, 18 Herpetofauna, 18 Mammals and 18 Fishes. In Aravali Biodiversity Park there are 880 Species groups of Terrestrial Plants, 31 Aquatic Plants, 189 Birds, 104 Butterflies, 25 Herpetofauna and 17 Mammals. (ANI)

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