Volume No. 2 Issue No.: 4C Page No.: 925-932 April-June 2008

 

URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AT URBAN SOLAPUR (INDIA)

 

Shekhar Salunke*, Pramod Tandure, Fayyaz Somani and Rajesh Moholkar

Centre for Environment, Shri Digambar Jain Gurukul College, Solapur, M.S. (India)

 

Received on : October 10, 2007

 

ABSTRACT

 

Considering the rapid urbanization, sustained productivity of natural resources should be an integral part of any urban development policy. The biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem services link urban and rural ecosystems. It is, therefore, essential that ecologically significant habitats along urban-rural continuum be protected to secure public and environmental health. This necessitates their identification and the establishment of administrative and legal foundations for urban nature conservation in the management of urban habitats, should be established. A group of 21 pupils were specially educated in the sector of environmental impact assessment. Through robust practical experiences of EIA ecological analysis of urban habitats of urban Solapur was conducted. The study led to the identification of a total of 12 ecologically significant habitats. Nature conservation priority was rated, in the area of the habitats. Assessment led to the identification of ecologically significant habitats that made up about 25.1 sq.km. against the total urban area of 338.8 sq.km. The total urban green space falls far below the requirement of 7 m2 required by the city planning law. The total number of plant species was estimated to be 173.

 

Keywords : Environmental education, Nature conservation, Sustainable development, Ecosystem, Plant species

 

 

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