Restoring degraded natural habitat near Bengaluru to combat climate change
Abi Tamim Vanak, Rajkamal Goswami
An ecological restoration project within the degraded ONEs of Bagepalli in the Chikkaballapura district of Karnataka, falling within the proposed “Greater Bengaluru”, is proposed through a combined framework that includes controlling wild fire and implementing ecosystem restoration principles and active invasive species management. By implementing this framework, we aim to increase the abundance of native species and plant bioresources by 30% while reducing the abundance of invasive species by 50%. The project will also combat climate change by increasing vegetation biomass, leading to carbon sequestration and decreasing wildfire driven greenhouse gas emissions. Our efforts will directly support the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which aims to halt and reverse nature loss, including putting 30% of the planet and 30% of degraded ecosystems under protection by 2030.