More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and this number is predicted to increase to about 60% by the end of the current decade. Urbanisation drastically changes landscape and land-use patterns, affecting natural ecosystem function. The programme consists of several projects that help to understand and maintain biodiversity and ecological sustainability in urban areas, crucial to our quality of life. It undertakes rigorous research to understand biodiversity composition and distribution in urban areas, assess ecosystem processes and services, and engage in data-driven, on-ground action to build stakeholder and citizen capacity for resilient urban planning. The programme seeks to build resilience into existing urban landscapes and encourage the inclusion of biodiversity as a key consideration in all planning projects.
Alignment with India’s international commitments:
Realisation of the objectives of this programme will contribute to India meeting its commitments to: