Dr. Jayashree V , Director, Care Earth: Conserving Natural ecologies as a critical element to sustainable urbanism

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Building Livable Cities : a multi city investigation on ideas that can make Indian cities livable. See: www.theurbanvision.com/blc …

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Dr. Jayashree V , Director, Care Earth: Conserving Natural ecologies as a critical element to sustainable urbanism

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  • 1. Chennai - ecological considerations for an evolving mega-city Care Earth N Muthu Karthick, Utpal Smart and Jayshree Vencatesan www.careearthtrust.org
  • 2. Planning Unit: LandscapePlanning perspective: Ecological history Ecological Infrastructure Focus: South Chennai
  • 3. Adyar River and Estuary
  • 4. Ecological relics: remnant habitats• Nanmangalam Reserve Forest (Scrub Jungle) • Pallikaranai Marsh (Wetland)
  • 5. Representative Species Fauna Flora• Black Buck • Atalantia monophylla• Fan throated-Lizard • Memecylon spp.• Star Tortoise • Euphorbia antiquorum• Common Babbler • Diospyros ferrea• Grey Francolin • Capparis spp.• White headed Bulbul • Randia spp.• Crested Lark • Wrightia tinctoria
  • 6. A synthesis of such data points to • Representative species adapted to open, scrub habitat • Little evidence of flora/fauna of dense, canopied forests • Chennai Habitat Complex:
  • 7. Constituent Habitats…Adyar Estuary TNURDF/Adyar Poonga TrustTheosophical Society Theosophical SocietyGuindy National Park Protected Area ManagementIIT- Madras InstitutionVelachery lake Open / PWDPallikaranai Marsh Reserved Land / Chennai CorporationNanmangalam Reserve Forest Reserve Forest
  • 8. •Species richness – absolute numbers•Focus on certain organisms esp. birds•Aesthetics – new construct•Recreation •Diversity of Habitats •Representativeness •Species richness and diversity •RET •New Records •Ecosystem services
  • 9. •Reconciling Conservation and Development Goals: a big no tothe disdain for science•Economic zones interspersed with Ecological Zones: not justwooded areas, but a protected range of habitats that arefacilitated to perform their natural functions, provide aesthetic,recreational and learning opportunities•New age – human centered technological solutions: foraddressing issues of waste management, sewage treatment andavailability of potable water•Preventing man-made (natural) disasters: notably floods andwater stagnation•Enhancing ecological and social standards – to facilitateambient living conditions: creating new livelihood opportunities