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RPG Foundation’s nature: re redesigns city’s parks for increasing biodiversity

RPG FoundationIn the face of a rapidly warming planet, RPG Foundation’s biodiversity project nature: re is taking small steps to rebalance our planet. Under nature: re city, we are bringing in a game-changing approach of a Green Corridor to develop biodiversity in the urban landscapes of Mumbai.

Kickstarting this initiative, we are transforming the parks of Shantivan in Malabar Hills and Captain Namdev Lotankar Garden in Mahalaxmi.

The redesigned parks will function as ecologically-driven urban oasis, incorporating native plantations, soil and water-conserving landscaping principles. The strategic selection of flora will enhance habitat connectivity and promote local pollinator population, building a more robust ecosystem.

By sequestering carbon-dioxide through photosynthesis, the redesigned parks will function as vital urban carbon sinks. Additionally, the native plants will contribute to urban heat island mitigation, lowering ambient temperatures through evapotranspiration, a natural cooling process. The enriched biodiversity will not only enhance the ecological balance but also serve as a valuable resource for environmental education and scientific research in the city.

60% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, causing intense pressure on urban green spaces. Green cover across cities is rapidly decreasing. India recorded the highest temperature th is year – 52.3 degrees celsius in 2024, surpassing the previous record of 49.2 degrees celsius set in 2002. These redesigned parks offer a much-needed respite for Mumbaikars. Educational trails, informative signage, and designated seating areas will allow visitors to connect with nature in a meaningful way, fostering a deeper appreciation for the environment.

Captain Namdev Lotankar Garden:

Botanical Treasure Trove: It boasts 49 recorded tree species, with 24 native varieties.

Heritage Trees: It houses 11 grand old trees, including 10 Raintrees and a Banyan, all classified as heritage trees.

Diverse Flora: The park showcases a variety of native and non-native trees like Kuchala, Java Olive, Mahogany, Rose Apple, and Ankol.

Rich Fauna: A survey identified 40 fauna species, including 14 butterfly species, birds like the Alexandrine Parakeet, and mammals like the Five-striped Palm Squirrel.

Shantivan Park

Hidden Oasis: Features enchanting moss-covered paths and repurposed steps transformed into artificial streams and mini waterfalls, creating a charming escape.

Biodiversity Hotspot: Boasts over 86 plant species and 50+ fauna species, showcasing a vibrant ecosystem within the city. Reimagined Parks for a Sustainable Future

Starting with Mumbai, the project establishes a network of interconnected public parks and open spaces, stretching from the city’s northern tip to its southern end. This network will provide suitable habitats, ensuring the seamless movement of flora and fauna, ultimately promoting a resilient ecosystem with the long-term survival of diverse native species

2021-2030 is the UN decade for preventing, halting, and reversing the loss of nature. RPG Foundation’s nature:re is at the forefront of creating a more sustainable future. By harnessing the power of nature, we can combat rising temperatures, protect biodiversity, and create vibrant public spaces for all to enjoy.