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           and Growing


           of Green


           In this article, Dr Pranab J Patar foregrounds the relevance of green
           infrastructure (GI) in urban centres of the Indian subcontinent. With climate
           change risks, global warming threats, and unsustainable practices in an age
           of globalization, the utility of GI has assumed a new meaning altogether. Our                        Figure 1: Urban Green Space, Noida
           ecosystem is in danger; disappearing waterbodies and diminishing green spaces
           are serious threats we must address immediately. In this regard, GI is the only
           solution that must be adopted soonest, the author argues in this timely piece.

                 oday, the disappearance   micro-climatic changes to name a
                 of green and blue spaces is   few, the occurrences of which are   Dr Pranab J Patar is an award-
           Ta major cause of concern    becoming frequent in most urban   winning environment and
           for both rural and urban areas.   centres with each passing day. By   sustainability professional.
           For most urban centres, the crisis   destroying these natural areas, we   Currently, he is Chief Executive
           is more pronounced given the   are letting our guard down against   of Global Foundation for
           increasing anthropogenic pressure   climate change risks.  Advancement of Environment
           in the cities and towns (Figure 1).                        – a Delhi-based Indo-American
           The way things are in the so-called   Though the term ‘green   initiative – where he leads a
           developed spaces, industrial   infrastructure’ (GI) might sound   number of initiatives towards
           expansion and concretization have   alien to many, waterbodies and   finding innovative and enduring
           taken over a large part of natural   green areas are common features   solutions to some of the key
           and open spaces leaving very little   in most cityscapes. As per   socio-environmental challenges
           for the non-human urban dwellers.  historical evidence, the evolution
                                        of GI in the Indian subcontinent   through multi-stakeholder,
           The fallout is already evident in   started around as early as 3000   trans-disciplinary, and hands-on
           terms of increased waterlogging,   BC during the Indus Valley   approaches. He can be reached at
           groundwater shortage (due to lack   Civilization. Gradually, several
           of aquifer recharge), increasing   other cities/building complexes
           urban heat island effects, and   established around the period
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