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YBP Invites All to Celebrate International Day for Biodiversity

YBP Invites All to Celebrate International Day for Biodiversity

Events
The Yamuna Biodiversity Park (a joint venture between the University of Delhi and the Delhi Development Authority) invites all to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Jharoda Majra (Near Wazirabad Village), 5 Km up-North of Delhi University (North Campus) Date: 22nd May, 2009 Time: 0930 am Venue: Yamuna Biodiversity Park (Click to find clickable road map) Dr. S. Natesh from the Department of Bio-Technology, Govt. of India is the guest speaker for the day. The theme for the International Day on Biological Diversity (IDB) this year is invasive alien species (IAS) - one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, and to the ecological and economic well-being of society and the planet. For more information, and to confirm your p...
The Challenge of Cleaning the Yamuna

The Challenge of Cleaning the Yamuna

Green Alert
Yamuna River passing through the city of Delhi is the main source of drinking water supply to the city. Seventy percent of water supply for drinking water in the city comes from this river. While bulk of the water for drinking comes from Yamuna River as much as 3,538 metric liters of waste water flows through 19 drains out falling into the river every day. Rivers have an automatic rejuvenation quality naturally provided and at any given time 10 percent of the volume of water is flowing and not stagnant. But Yamuna suffers from inadequate flow and quantum of water. It is not want of spending money, as much as Rs. 1200 cr. worth of efforts were spent on Yamuna Action Plan Phase I (YAP I) and Yamuna Action Plan Phase II on creating the infrastructure in treating the waste water that gets
Yamuna Cleanup Campaign During NDTV-Toyota Greenathon

Yamuna Cleanup Campaign During NDTV-Toyota Greenathon

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NDTV-Toyota in partnership with Swechha will hold the first ever Greenathon, a 24 hour cleanup drive for the Yamuna, where thousands of people will engage in a relay cleanup of the river banks. The Yamuna, which originates in the Himalayas and winds its way past the Taj Mahal, accounts for more than 70 per cent of New Delhi's water supply. Yet it is one of the most endangered waterways in India. It is our effort to bring the cause of the Yamuna back to the mind map of the citizens and the government of the nation and thereby develop a Green Workforce. The 24 hour relay cleanup on Kudsia Ghat will involve several activities: Film screenings of environmental films at the cleanup site. Music concerts by bands like Menwhopause, Advaita, Blue Breakfast, Solar Punch Vis...
Invitation: World Wetlands Day 2009 Celebrations at YBP!

Invitation: World Wetlands Day 2009 Celebrations at YBP!

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Yamuna Biodiversity Park invites the citizens of Delhi to the celebrations of the World Wetlands Day on 2nd February 2009 at 1030 am. Yamuna Biodiversity Park Jharoda Majra (Near village Jagatpur) Wazirabad, Delhi-110084 To get direction to the Park, please click here For more information, please contact Faiyaz A. Khudsar at 9810511552 The Ramsar Convention has suggested the theme for this year's Weltand Day as river basins and their management. We all live in a river basin (or drainage basin, catchment, watershed, etc.), and most of the people reading this are well aware of the challenges of managing it – and particularly the challenge of making sure that the basin planners think of wetlands and not just water in their planning.
Why Vultures Matter? Part II

Why Vultures Matter? Part II

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I talked about IPCC's contribution in converting the fear of failure of cities as a ‘some day not now’ phenomenon into a right here right now reality. What does this reality look like for our city of Delhi, no doubt a mega city. Delhi NCR region generates solid waste to the tune of 45,393 tonnes per year. Air pollution levels while are within limits now, are still high. Especially in winters due to inversion, the fog that we have experienced over the new year week, is partly Smog due to vehicular pollution, inspite of actions taken for clean fuel use through CNG. Yamuna river waters that enter the NCR region, consumed at 150 liters per capita per day, leaves it polluted, as only a small part with only 1153 million litters per day are treated. What will happen to the city over tim

Commonwealth Games Construction Prevents Students from Accessing University

Green Alert
If you thought the Commonwealth Games was constructing only on the floodplains of river Yamuna, here's a piece of news for you. Parts of the University of Delhi have now become inaccessible to the students of the university. Spaces that saw annual hosting of events, meets and get togethers are now busy being constructed upon and lost forever, for the Commonwealth Games 2010. DUSU office bearer's damage proctor's office January 6, 2009 | Hindustan Times UNABLE TO secure permission to use the varsity polo grounds to host an annual fest, three DUSU office bearers allegedly vandalised the proctor's office on Monday afternoon. Vice president Manohar Naagal: secretary Ashish Chaudhury and joint secretary Ashish Gahlot went over to Proctor Gurmeet Singh's office and reportedly broke win...
Why Vultures Matter? Part I

Why Vultures Matter? Part I

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Delhi's Last Two Vultures at the National Museum of Natural History Wish you all a Happy 'Green and Blue' New Year. Why focus on an environment friendly new year or specifically, what are we dealing with when we talk of climate change? At a very basic level it is ‘Fear of Death’. It is a primal fear that we all have, because we are human beings and like all living things are designed to fear death. Various ways in which one could die, due to accidents, due to disease, due to age etc. While the fear of dieing alone is very genuine, we can always die believing that we continue to live after our death in some one else’s memory, gene pool or we are reborn….what ever you believe in. Genocide is a higher order fear of death and the highest order is annihilation of the species. (Hence we ar
Invite: Public Talk on the Yamuna in Delhi, by Vikram Soni

Invite: Public Talk on the Yamuna in Delhi, by Vikram Soni

Events
We invite you for a talk on the Yamuna In Delhi by Vikram Soni, today (20 December, 2008) at 4 pm at Kashmere Gate. Date: December 20th, 2008 Time: 4 - 5 pm Venue: Kashmere Gate - the monument at Kashmere Gate Vikram Soni will be talking about the (economic) importance of river Yamuna's floodplains and the need to keep the floodplains intact for providing water to the city and in keeping Delhi alive and full of life. A short film of 22 minutes will also be screened at the beginning of the film. The talk will happen just outside the Kashmere Gate Metro Station, at the Kashmere Gate monument, along the 'chabeel' - and drinking water, will be available - as it should be - for free. We hope to see all of you there. For further information, please contact: Govind Singh 981...
Delhi High Court Defends Yamuna, CWG Village Construction still Underway

Delhi High Court Defends Yamuna, CWG Village Construction still Underway

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A senior journalist from a European TV channel leans forward to hear Rajendra Singh loud, at the Commonwealth Games village site (November 2007) Even as environmentalists across the city raised massive hue and cry for saving the Yamuna river and its floodplain, and even as their concern was picked by several national and international media houses,  the "Court was simply not moved". For in a judgement putting the legality of the construction of the Commonwealth Games village on the Yamuna floodplains under question, the Delhi High Court did not put a stay on the ongoing construction. According to media reports, the Court maintained, "The environmentalists did not approach the court well in time to enable us to direct the respondents to undertake further studies or think of alternat