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Need to redefine 'smart city in terms of biodiversity: NBA president

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh): National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) President Vinod B. Mathur warned on Friday about the various effects of climate change on the living world as well as the dangers of rapid urbanization. He also said that the concept and implementation of a "smart city" in the country need to be redefined and streamlined from the point of view of biodiversity. Mathur said this at the inauguration ceremony of the national conference on the topic of saving biodiversity in urban areas in Indore, the cleanest city in the country.

"Our planet's biological balance is deteriorating amid the varying effects of climate change, and we are losing species at the fastest rate ever," he said. This problem is becoming more serious for us due to the galloping pace of urbanization. In this direction, the local bodies will have to play an important role in coordination with all concerned.

He also said that Biodiversity Parks should be established in the cities in the form of special identification sites so that awareness can be created among the general public about the endangered species. Mathur also stressed the conservation of soil, saying that this would save earthworms and many species of micro-organisms. The two-day National Conference on Biodiversity in Urban Areas has been organized by The Nature Volunteers with the help of other organizations. Experts from all over the country are participating in this.

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