Rohan Chakravarty, popularly known for his work under the title of Green Humour has illustrated first of its kind biodiversity map of Mumbai to showcase the wildlife hotspots, mangrove forests, urban green spaces and over 90 species that can be spotted in the city. The map serves as a reminder to Mumbaikars that they must act to protect Mumbai’s biodiversity, which has been under threat due to unsustainable development.
The unique map has been created for the campaign ‘Biodiversity by the Bay’, which is initiated by Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, a citizen’s collective comprising of Mumbaikars who wish to bring the issue of protecting biodiversity to the forefront.
Rohan Chakravarty, said, “I created this map with the motive to empower Mumbai’s youth with a visual resource of the city’s biodiversity, and a reminder to the government of the natural heritage we must conserve and coexist with. The map also pays tribute to the Warli and Koli communities, and the very spirit of Mumbai.”
While the first images that one’s mind conjures upon hearing the name Mumbai, are either a city full of skyscrapers and slums, or the promenades along Marine Lines and Bandra. But this map reminds everyone that Mumbai is also replete with a unique blend of biodiversity.
From a forest ruled by leopards in the heart of the city to beaches full of bizarre shore wildlife, from wetlands dotted pink with flamingos to mangroves splashing red with fiddler crabs, Mumbai has them all.
To protect Mumbai’s biodiversity, Young Mumbaikars have come together to demand that sustainability and modernity must go together. The campaign will culminate in engagement with key stakeholders like the BMC, and writing to Aditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s Environment and Tourism Minister, to initiate conversation on the future of Mumbai’s biodiversity.
The appeal includes a five-point action plan including the protection of Lesser Flamingos and their habitats, given their significance to Mumbai; acknowledging Aarey as a forest and increasing the protection for Mumbai’s green cover; proposing a supportive policy for the Koli community’s livelihoods, in consultation with the community; and protecting and growing Mumbai’s parks.