Interactive Wetland Experience Center – Dialogue of Man-Nature relationship in 21st Century, A case of Najafgarh wetland, Delhi, India

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Anupama Khatavkar , Shree Naik

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Wetlands in India are one of the most important and the same time most threatened resources. With rapid urbanization and development initiatives in the country, these wetlands are further at threat to become a part of city core, resulting in nothing but a sewer system and habitat losses. On the delhi part of what is known as the Basai wetlands , flowing through the paleochannel of Sahibi river, this wetland zone witnesses bird biodiversity perched on the edge of a globally significant biodiversity hotbed, it provides for the apt platform of restoration, research and edutainment activities, In a way positioning and provisioning itself as a model urban -environmental interface as a window to the melange of natural biodiversity. One such case of Najafgarh/Basai wetlands in Delhi, India, has been taken up as a ecological landscape planning and design project. This presentation showcases a new concept of interactive ecology for Indian scenarios, where man and nature interact to support each other, enhance, restore and revive the natural set up, to sensitize the general public about the natural assets, their values and at the same time learn how to sensitively interact with it. The master planning proposal provides a campus for the city’s ecology, history and culture, offers co-existence which has always been the way of nature and opportunities for research as well as recreation through restoration.

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