National Outreach for Awareness Generation on Urban Biodiversity


A national outreach event for awareness generation on urban biodiversity was conducted at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun in collaboration with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia. The workshop was organized as a part of the INTERACT-Bio project on the 14th and 15th of November 2019.

Representatives from national, state and city governments participated in the workshop. The Mayor of Dehradun, Shri. Sunil Uniyal Gama, welcomed the 30 participants including the mayors from Gangtok and Bhuj to the city and expressed his appreciation for the programme stating that it was timely and necessary. Dr. G.S. Rawat, Director, WII, emphasized that this workshop opens up a new arena of work- urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for the institute.

The workshop dealt with various aspects relating to urban biodiversity. The technical sessions included discussions on legislation, policy and finance in the context of urban biodiversity, Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)/ Nature-based solutions and the tools and techniques for decision making, monitoring and regulation of urban biodiversity. The participants were subsequently taken to the field in Rajpur and Mussoorie to experience how urban biodiversity links with the history and cultural heritage of a city.

The event was well appreciated by all the participants and the speakers as this was the first step to mainstreaming biodiversity in city planning.