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Four Biodiversity Parks Planned in Delhi

The Delhi Development Authority announced on November 7 the plans to create four biodiversity parks spanning a total area of 10,000 hectares.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park, New DelhiDelhi, India – Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in collaboration with Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, initiated to establish Biodiversity Parks under the aegis of Delhi Biodiversity Foundation with Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi as its Chairman.

Presently, the University of Delhi is implementing two DDA-funded Biodiversity Park

Projects, namely, Yamuna Biodiversity Park: Establishment & Management; Aravalli Biodiversity Park: Establishment & Management, with Prof. C. R. Babu as Project-in-charge.

In University, these projects are administered as per the “Guidelines for Sponsored Research Projects” approved by the Executive Council. These guidelines are available on the university website under heading ‘Research’ and sub-heading ‘Externally Funded Projects’.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park is spread over an area of 457 acres and is located along the floodplains in the upstream of river Yamuna near Wazirabad village. This project is being developed in two phases.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park Phase I was initiated in the year 2002, and today, it has fully-functional wetland ecosystems and well-developed forest ecosystems characteristic of the River Yamuna basin. The wetlands of Yamuna Biodiversity Park are biologically productive and harbor luxuriant flora and fauna. These wetlands are known as important birding area of Delhi and attract large number of bird lovers, naturalists, educationists and civil societies every year.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park Phase II started in the year 2009 and it is being implemented in the same manner as an extension of the project Yamuna Biodiversity Park: Establishment & Management. Delhi Development Authority is the funding agency of the project.

The Aravalli Biodiversity Park sprawls over an area of 692 acres near the south-central ridge and is 5 km north-east of Indira Gandhi International Airport. The terrain is undulating and rocky with morrum-mined pits. It harbours forest communities characteristic of Aravalli hills. These forests have become habitats for locally endangered wildlife such as Jackals, Porcupine, Nilgai, avifauna and rich butterfly diversity.

Another park spread over 80 hectares has been proposed in the region across the Tilpat Valley adjoining the Asola-Bhatti mines.

Source: University of Delhi.

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