Nestled on the banks of the Yamuna River in the heart of New Delhi, Yamuna Biodiversity Park stands as a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage. A year ago, I had the opportunity to embark on an educational tour of this ecological wonderland. Altogether, join me as we delve into the rich tapestry of biodiversity, conservation efforts, and the invaluable educational experiences.
This opportunity was offered by School of Planning & Architecture during my internship on 25-March-2022 under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India. A certificate course on Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Green GDP.
Uncovering Natural Treasures:
As I entered the park, I was immediately struck by the tranquillity and beauty that enveloped me. But what truly captivated my attention was the park’s commitment to showcasing Delhi’s rich biodiversity. Further, over the course of the tour, I discovered a fascinating world of native plants, trees, and wildlife that I had never imagined existed within the city limits.
Native Flora and Fauna:
Yamuna Biodiversity Park is a sanctuary for a myriad of plant and animal species. After all Rare and endangered plants, such as Toothbrush tree, Wood apple, bottlebrush plant etc. find a home here. The park’s wetlands provide habitat for a variety of aquatics, aquifers and bird species, making it a bird-watcher’s paradise.
Conservation and Restoration:
Straightaway, the park’s mission is not limited to showcasing biodiversity but also to actively conserve and restore the ecological balance. During the tour, I learned about the park’s ongoing efforts to rejuvenate the Yamuna floodplain and revive its fragile ecosystems. This commitment to conservation is evident through habitat restoration, afforestation programs, and the protection of endangered species, all of which contribute to the park’s ecological integrity.
Interactive Learning Experiences:
One of the tour’s highlights was the engaging and informative sessions conducted by the Dr. Faiyaz Ahmad Khudsar, Environmental Scientist, park’s experts and naturalists. Generally,visitors of all ages can visit, guided nature walks, and educational programs that provide a profound understanding of the importance of biodiversity, ecosystem services and conservation. This hands-on approach to learning fosters a sense of responsibility and a connection with the natural world.
Above all, my educational tour of Yamuna Biodiversity Park was not only a journey of discovery. but also a testament to the significance of preserving urban green spaces. This park is not just a place for leisure; also it’s a living testament to the city’s commitment to safeguarding its natural heritage. It is an inspiring model for the world, demonstrating that with dedication and education, we can ensure that our natural treasures endure for generations to come.
Note: This Article is based on personal experiences and opinions during visit. (Preety Chaudhary, Trustee, Drishti Foundation Trust)
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