Aravalli Biodiversity Park
IUCN entrusted INTACH to carry out a biodiversity assessment (392 acres) of Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon. The Biodiversity Park is an endeavour of Muncipal Corporation of Gurgaon and NGO Iamgurgaon to create a forest ecosystem in order to rejuvenate flora which is native to the ridge.
INTACH carried out a field study to assess biodiversity within 42 sq km. of Delhi Cantonment. The overall canopy cover of the area was 58 percent and major portions of canopy are covered with invasive species of Vilayti Kikar (Prosopis juliflora). A plan including suggestive change in vegetation assemblies through native flora have also been proposed for enhancing and conserving the existing biodiversity. The project has been given green signal by army authorities and will soon be going for implementation phase.
Plantation of Rudraksha Trees, Bhiri
Rudraksha is one of the culturally significant trees of India. In recent years, the existence of the species has threatened owing to its poor regeneration, deforestation and overexploitation . With an initiative to conserve the threatened species plantation of about 500 species has been done.
Biodiversity Park, Maithon, Jharkahnd & Dahej Gujarat
Planning & Implementation of a Biodiversity Park as a CSR initiative The project also involved pioneering approach for protecting rare, demonstrating efficient irrigation in a freshwater scarce area, designing macro water harvesting to create a freshwater interface against saline water intrusion, creating employment opportunities for displaced populations based on non-timber forest produce. A similar approach was taken in 12 sq.km of area in Dahej Gujarat with stringent environmental condition.
Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd., Mundhra, Kutch
Planning of green belt and afforestation areas over 10 sq km for dust control. The plan included the creation of habitat for rare, endangered and threatened species, and for generating employment opportunities for villagers as a CSR component. Macro water harvesting was implemented. Over 50,000 trees of 65 species were planted using innovative techniques such as pitcher irrigation. High survival rate and return of faunal biodiversity was achieved. Subsequently, similar exercises were carried out for Maithon Power, Jharkhand and Dahej SEZ Ltd., Gujarat.
Army Biodiversity Park, Mahipalpur, Delhi
The development of the quartzite ridge in Delhi into a biodiversity park included various watershed management techniques. The planning included water harvesting conservation measures like gully plugging, wetland management and quarry pits management. The plan identified appropriate xerophytic species for re-vegetation of 315 ha with 35000 trees of 40 species. The work also included conservation planning for wetland at Mahipalpur. The plan is being implemented by the Army.