CONSERVATION OF WATER BODIES
AND GREEN SPACES IN CITIES

Blue Spaces (lakes, water bodies) and Green Spaces (forests, parks) have significant contribution in ecosystem services and ecological balance of a city. Water bodies provide drinking water, recharge groundwater aquifers, control urban flooding, support biodiversity and aquatic floral vegetation that maintain the micro environment necessary for the health and well-being. Green Spaces provide much needed oxygen and fix carbon dioxide and thus rescue a city from becoming an urban heat island. They help in micro-climate regulation, erosion reduction and maintaining groundwater levels.

Scientific research project for conservation of lakes in Hyderabad. The project will study water bodies, soil and vegetation ecosystem. The project will evaluate water quality parameters, soil characteristics and vegetation characteristics during pre and post monsoon periods.

Science based educational project for conservation of East Kolkata Wetland in Kolkata.. The project work included water assesment and documenting Bird Tree.

To ensure that people regularly connect with their surrounding natural habitat and help in its conservation and restoration, Earthwatch Institute India has developed the Urban Blue and Green Spaces Project in 5 cities. It is a scientific and educational initiative wherein people participate to map biodiversity and natural vegetation and also monitor water quality scientifically in a structured and systematic manner. An increase in understanding and valuation of the blue and green spaces in cities by citizens will increase the care and maintenance of these natural habitats in cities, resulting in healthier environment. They also provide socio-cultural and recreational benefits some of which translate into direct economic benefits through tourism.

Scientific research project on ‘Lakes of Bengaluru as drivers of an enriched blue-green cityscapes’. The project aims to work on the physio-chemical characteristics of lakes. It will also estimate nutrient assimilation capacities around lakes; green landscape; storm water management; urban forestry and bio-retention process.

Science based educational project for conservation of freshwater ecosystem in Delhi NCR. The project focused on studying water quality and diversity of indicator bird species at Okhla Barrage and upstream on river Yamuna.