Friday, October 5, 2012
Green cover at 12% but GHMC content to make small gains
HYDERABAD: Nominal steps, rather than effective ones, seem to sum up Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)'s approach in improving the biodiversity strength of the city. Among the parameters that make up the biodiversity index of a city, constitution of a biodiversity management committee would fetch it a score of four points. Therefore, the civic body wants to set up just such a committee in the next few days in order to improve its performance on that index. Addressing a news conference on Thursday, GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu said that the Greater Hyderabad City Biodiversity Index has been prepared by the corporation in light of CoP-11. The city has scored 30 out of a total possible 92 points on the index. "This index would be released during the City Summit, 'Cities for Life' (as part of CoP-11), to be held on October 15 and 16," he said. The commissioner said that the City Biodiversity Index, 2012, has been prepared based on the latest user manual endorsed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the discussion documents of the Singapore National Parks Department. As per the index, Greater Hyderabad has only 12% green cover in a total area of 625sq.km. Out of the 95 types of fishes that were once found in Hyderabad, only 18 survive at present. "GHMC has secured 30 of 92 in the study which is based on 23 indicators like declared wildlife, birds' sanctuary, allocation for biodiversity in the budget, horticulture and greenery, students' exposure to biological diversity, etc. The commissioner added that this score could be improved by making changes to the relevant ongoing projects in the city. "The performance can be improved by constituting a biodiversity management committee as per the national biodiversity action plan and the same has now been proposed for the city. That would add four more points to our tally. Similarly, developing partnerships with UN agencies and sister cities on biodiversity and developing more theme parks with native species will bring more points," Krishna Babu said. On the 'Cities for Life' conference, the commissioner said nearly 200 participants from 46 countries and many Indian cities would take part in the conference, especially mayors, commissioners and deputy mayors who will give a presentation on their respective cities.
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