As a freshwater ecosystem, the water bodies perform vital ecological functions and provide essential environmental services. Water bodies provide drinking water, control urban flooding, support biodiversity, recharge groundwater aquifers and provide recreational and aesthetic space to the residents.
Urban forests support a more liveable and healthy environment in the cities. Trees improve air quality. Shade trees reduce temperature, and carefully chosen trees can reduce summer heating impacts.
Our scientific research, educational and community science projects inspire people to help in conservation efforts. Conservation of water bodies and urban forests needs to become mainstream in our ‘hearts’ and ‘minds’.
Scientific Research Institution: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
Rejuvenation of blue (water bodies) and green spaces in Metropolitan Mumbai through the implementation of environmental technologies.
Scientific Research Institution: Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Bombay.
“We are delighted to work with Earthwatch Institute India, whose work in citizen science and experiential learning is pioneering and well known. Our scientific research programme is aimed at the rejuvenation of Powai Lake and Banganga Lake. Our research and conservation project with Earthwatch Institute India will hopefully bring together our researchers, citizens, students and teachers as well as policymakers and regulators to enhance the connect between those lakes and the green spaces around the respective ecosystems.“
Professor Shyam R. Asolekar, Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.
Scientific Research Institution: Indian Institute of Science IISc., Bengaluru.
The scientists and experts who were associated with the projects and programmes, from time to time, over the years:
Professor S. M. Rao, Professor Monto Moni, Dr. Manish Arora, Dr. Gururaja K.V. and Dr. Indu K Murthy.
“We are extremely pleased to work with Earthwatch Institute India, who are undisputed pioneers in citizen science and experiential learning. Our research project with them is an excellent platform to bring researchers, citizens and students to address, understand and recommend solutions to problems pertaining to Lakes of Bengaluru. The experiential learning should create knowledge, awareness and insight on the role of science and society to conserve and restore urban water bodies.”
Professor S. M. Rao, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science IISc., Bengaluru.
Scientific Research Institution: Centre for Water Resources, Institute of Science and Technology, JNTU, Hyderabad.
Educational Institution: C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC) (A Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment,
Forests and Climate Change, Government of India).
Educational Institution: Centre for People’s Forestry.
“Our research project with Earthwatch Institute India aims to focus on restoration and rejuvenation of lakes with an
Professor M.V.S.S. Giridhar, Centre for Water Resources, Institute of Science and Technology, JNTU, Hyderabad.
Educational Institution: Nature Environment and Wildlife Society.
Scientific Research Institution: South Asian Forum for Environment.