The objective of the retreat on “Urban biodiversity” was to assess the status quo of knowledge and understanding of biodiversity in the urban context by various stakeholders, as well as collating ideas to improve this status quo.
Following key points emerged from the retreat:
- There is a lack of data and access to data on flora and fauna in the urban context.
- This lack of data leads to the inability to assess change.
- The larger part of the citizens (including urban planners, policy makers, decision makers, schools) are unaware of the aspects of biodiversity contributes to urban life and its eco cycle.
- This leads to less attention given towards protection of biodiversity during urban planning or citizen engagement activities.
- These points need to be addressed by creating awareness across stakeholders and by generating a centralized repository of data, studies and information done in the area of biodiversity.