In order to ensure a green tomorrow and to reverse and reduce the ill-effects of climate change, urban forests need to be revitalized. The UN recommends a forest area of 12 sq.m. per person to ensure a supply of clean air. Unfortunately, this concern is reflected less and less in the various town planning acts.
The Pune case illustrates an initiative by citizens to prevent construction on urban Green spaces as well as promote additional green spaces.
Aneeta Gokhale Benninger is a passionate environmentalist has been a development planning professional, teacher and consultant for the past thirty eight years. She is a founder trustee of the Centre for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), Pune (August 1976).
She is currently the executive director at the Centre for Development Studies and Activities, Pune. Her expertise lies in the following:
- Design and implementation of generic methodologies for decentralised planning.
- Multi-level planning in both rural and urban contexts with a focus on poverty, environment, gender and participatory governance.
- Natural resource management, climate change mitigation strategies (water, forest and land) in urban and rural contexts
- Definition and analysis of economic and social issues involved in the management of urban and rural infrastructure.
- Monitoring and evaluation of existing infrastructure including deficiency and impact assessment.