Home Environment Mumbai's biodiversity map is now interactive

Mumbai’s biodiversity map is now interactive

Illustrated by well-known cartoonist, Rohan Chakravarty, a.k.a Green Humour, a unique interactive Mumbai biodiversity map was launched on Wednesday. Presented by The Ministry of Mumbai's Magic aims to inspire and educate the citizens of Mumbai about the city's rich biodiversity

New Delhi, July 2, 2021 (IANSlife):  A unique Interactive Biodiversity Map presented by The Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic aims to inspire and educate the citizens of Mumbai about the city’s rich biodiversity. Illustrated by well-known cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty, a.k.a Green Humour, the Mumbai biodiversity map was launched on Wednesday.

Mumbai biodiversity map by Rohan Chakraborty of Green Humour

Image: Twitter

Rohan Chakraborty, whose artworks are inspired by themes of wildlife conservation, the map highlights the biodiversity that thrives in Mumbai’s Metropolitan region.

The map is being launched with the objective to invigorate a sense of ownership amongst Mumbaikars to take responsibility towards protecting and fostering their city’s biodiversity.

Interactive Mumbai biodiversity map

First launched in 2020 as a static map, the new interactive map will document different species with clickable features that present details of the species, their habitats and their conservation status.

The map covers the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the water bodies of Thane Creek, Mahim Bay, Vasai Creek and the Arabian Sea.

Highlighting 17 species of flora and 78 species of fauna, the map also emphasizes the interdependence of the Indigenous Communities – Adivasis and Kolis – on the local biodiversity for their livelihoods.

Image: MMM

Mumbai’s Ministry of Magic

Mumbai’s Ministry of Magic(MMM) is a platform to unite citizens and showcase their collective action, mobilizing them to draw the attention of the local government to prioritise the protection of Mumbai’s biodiversity hotspots, green spaces and its inhabitants.

“Illustrations can make a lasting impression on one’s mind. Mumbai has always been portrayed as the city of glamour, speed, and everything urban. Yet, it remains green at the heart. This map is a true reflection of what this city represents, an island of diversity with a bucket full of dreams and a treasure trove of natural wonders,” says Rajesh Sanap, researcher and wildlife photographer.

Mumbai biodiversity map to support local photographers and wildlife experts

Developed as an engaging and interactive digital experience, the Biodiversity Map will support the works of local citizens – local photographers and wildlife experts such as Rajesh Sanap, Kane Lew, Ashish Chalapuram, Pradip Patade and Vandan Jhaveri having contributed photographs and their expertise.

The map will also be used as a tool to educate children at local schools, raising awareness of Mumbai’s precious ecosystems and encouraging citizens to reconnect with the ecosystems in the city.

“Making the map interactive increases the scope of this project by leaps and bounds because now we can reach a wide section of the young audience that uses the internet. This is a resource that is available at a click which is very difficult to obtain because if you had to look up the biodiversity of Mumbai – firstly, it is a very vast topic in itself and secondly, there is so much information dispersed far and wide on the internet that it would take time to collate all of that data,” Rohan Chakravarty, Cartoonist – Green Humour says.

Also read: AICHI Targets: How are they beneficial for biodiversity in India?

Map to provide information on volunteering opportunities

Alongside information on the local flora and fauna, the map will provide information on volunteering opportunities with local conservation organisations – enabling Mumbaikers to use their skills to protect the unique local ecosystem.

“The biodiversity map of Mumbai has excited Mumbaikars across the spectrum. Students, parents, young professionals, conservation experts and even decision-makers; it managed to unite and invoke pride in their city and its rich biodiversity. Our interactions with people and also the media interest proved that the creative aspect of this map has the potential to unite people. So as a natural next step, we now want to move people to action. The interactive version of the map that both deep dives into the city’s flora and fauna as well as showcases local organizations who have been working to conserve it is a step towards that,” Arpita Bhagat, MMM Campaign Lead says.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Solve : *
15 + 13 =

Most Popular

Sanjita Mohapatra of Odisha secures the 10th rank in UPSC

Sanjita Mohapatra of Odisha made the state proud by winning laurels by securing the 10th rank in the prestigious Union Public Service...

20 unique Indian wedding gift ideas

Indian wedding gift ideas are a great way to congratulate newlyweds and share your happiness with them as they begin a new...

‘Leading light’ goes out with demise of Jaswant Singh at 82

New Delhi, September 27: India’s veterans and political leaders mourned the death of the BJP veteran and former Union minister Jaswant Singh...

Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrating the God of wisdom

Ganesh Chaturthi is a time to pray to the Lord who is known to be the remover of all obstacles from our...

Recent Comments