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

    • Chennai - ecological considerations for an evolving mega-city Care Earth N Muthu Karthick, Utpal Smart and Jayshree Vencatesan www.careearthtrust.org
    • Planning Unit: LandscapePlanning perspective: Ecological history Ecological Infrastructure Focus: South Chennai
    • Adyar River and Estuary
    • Ecological relics: remnant habitats• Nanmangalam Reserve Forest (Scrub Jungle) • Pallikaranai Marsh (Wetland)
    • 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
    • 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:
    • 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
    • •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
    • •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