In a recent post “
Any space for nature in Indian slums?” I reported on some recent findings from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) about the benefits of nature in the urban environment.
Recently, ATREE, along with the
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Bengaluru, and Citizen Matters, ran a photography competition and exhibition on this very subject, called “Nature in the City”. And I was lucky enough to have a photo exhibited!
It is not uncommon to hear Bangalore residents (often from the wealthier parts of the city) bemoaning t he an loss of trees d green space that has occurred as Bangalore rose to be the Silicon Valley of India.
But what about the people who live in th e ¹ across the city? What access to nature and greenery do they have and how do they use it? 640 recorded slums
Density of green space in Bangalore
Given that slums often inhabit marginal and polluted land, and that they have a high population density, one would hazard a guess that trees are not particularly common. This assumption is supported by a recent study conducted by , in conjunction with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment . Researchers Divya Gopal, University of Greifswald, Germany and Michael Manthey observed 44 slums across Bangalore and confirmed that the tree density in slums is in fact substantially lower than that in the wealthier residential areas of Bangalore.¹ Harini Nagendra
What are the implications of this for urban development, poverty and human health?
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