The Lucknow-based National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has made a proposal to create a biodiversity database for urban India for better species diversity management that would be dovetailed to the Smart City initiative.
Sudarshan Kumar, Senior Principal Scientist and Head, Bioinformatics and ICT of NBRI, said the database would be launched in three months.
He said the core infrastructure of a Smart City demands sustainable environment and health, and the portal will be helpful in this regard.
The prototype of the web portal has been launched and ideas that emerged at the Indian Science Congress would be incorporated.
“Each city has its own biodiversity, but the details should be made known to the public and local authorities as to how best to manage it,” he said. The portal will help identify as to which species would be suitable for growing in a particular environment.
To start with, the NBRI will upload the published database pertaining to the local biodiversity of each city, including the varieties of plants and trees that are endemic to it. Local universities and members of the public can also submit details, which will be uploaded in the database after authentication by NBRI experts.
Besides the database, the portal will also be an attempt to help the public and local bodies in enabling them to make the best choice for local plantation. This project will be one of the core outputs for the Smart City initiative.