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Learn about Mumbai's rich biodiversity with this unique new & interactive map!

The map by Ministry of Mumbai's Magic has been illustrated by famous cartoonist, Rohan Chakravarty.

Mumbai-based community, Ministry of Mumbai's Magic (MMM) recently launched a unique and interactive Biodiversity Map as a part of their 'Biodiversity By The Bay campaign'. With this, MMM aims to inspire and educate the residents about Mumbai's rich biodiversity. Released on Wednesday, the map has been illustrated by famous cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty- also known as Green Humour, whose work is inspired by themes of wildlife conservation.

Features of the biodiversity map

Mumbai's Interactive Biodiversity Map highlights the diverse flora and fauna that thrives in Mumbai's Metropolitan Region. It was first launched in 2020, however, the older version was static and had no clickable features that informed users about the details of the species, their habitats and conservation status. Further, this map provides concise information that is dispersed and difficult to find otherwise.

The current map highlights the biodiversity residing in the metropolitan region and the waterbodies of Thane Creek, Mahim Bay, Vasai Creek and the Arabian Sea. In totality, 17 species of flora and 78 species of fauna are covered by this map, apart from emphasizing the interdependence of the livelihoods of the indigenous communities, like Adivasis and Kolis, on their local biodiversity.

Among the first resources that are available online and have an easy user interface, this map shall help further the works of wildlife researchers and local citizens who take an interest in Mumbai's green cover. It shall also be used as a tool to educate school children and raise awareness about the city's precious ecosystems. Moreover, this Biodiversity Map will also provide information related to volunteering opportunities with local conservation organisations.

A true reflection of what this city represents-

Rajesh Sanap, a researcher and wildlife photographer, was quoted saying- "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."

About Ministry of Mumbai's Magic

MMM is a platform that aims to unite citizens for collective action and mobilizes them to draw the attention of the local government on topics such as, Mumbai's biodiversity hotspots and green spaces. The objective of their recently released map is to invigorate a sense of ownership among citizens so that they take a step forward in the direction of the preservation of their city's biodiversity.

Reportedly, the campaign lead of this programme pointed out that the biodiversity map has been received with much enthusiasm across the spectrum. The creative aspect of this campaign has managed to unite and invoke a sense of pride among Mumbaikars and as a natural next step, MMM aims at mobilizing people to action.

-With inputs from IANS

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