Over the past few months, each morning, you must’ve noticed one new addition to the city’s landscape. One day there were pots, next, there were plants. Then, there were fully grown trees. Not long after, there were cobbled sidewalks along the roads, colourful fountains between herb gardens, bizarre graffiti under the flyovers and cut-outs of squirrels on bill boards.
It was as if to leave no doubt in the minds of denizens that the GHMC was putting the sanctioned Rs170 crores for CoP 11 to best use. The man behind the driving seat, Mayor Majid Hussain attended the CoP 11 venue for the first time on Saturday to address a press conference, ahead of the two-day Cities For Life Summit due to take place on Monday and Tuesday.
The Conference of Mayors is likely to bring together over 300 mayors, administrators, governors and officials from different parts of the world. “During that time, we shall network with other international cities, learn best practices in conserving biodiversity, which we will then also also try to implement,” said Majid.
Also on the agenda is the release of a biodiversity index, making Hyderabad the first city in India to have rated itself on the ‘Singapore Index’. Out of a maximum score of 92, Hyderabad rates 33, as against Brussels which tops the list of biodiverse cities at 55.
The rating is still speculative and likely to change by the end of the Summit. “Once we know where we stand, it will help us improve our efforts to conserve biodiversity,” said GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu