In a short span of four years, more than 2000 species of plant and animals have been brought back in the form of biotic communities to the parks. But this is not enough. The exhaustive developments in Delhi in the form of urbanization, industrialization and pollution have led to rapid degradation River Yamuna and Delhi ridge and in turn the ecology and environment of Delhi. Environmental resources have almost lost their life supporting potentials and ecosystems have lost their resilience and natural self-sustaining ameliorative capabilities. Therefore, the urban population must be made to realize that unless immediate steps are taken to remedify the situation and change the attitude towards the environment the human species itself is at risk.
One way to bring about this change is through outdoor experiences and Biodiversity Parks with their rich flora and fauna are ideal instruments for promoting the conservation education that will ultimately have a positive impact on environmental quality and conservation ethics. The Parks intend to organize special training programs for youth and specially interested groups of individuals to make them aware of the ideology behind their establishment. Such trained persons will be designated “Friends of Biodiversity” and they will be in a real sense ambassadors of the parks working within the community at large and will be given special status for free entry and access to research and development activities.
The parks are emerging as a major center for enriching people's lives through environmental stewardship, education and awareness, especially for schools and colleges of Delhi and adjoining areas. Biodiversity Parks are serving as learning and orientation center not only for the students but also for the teachers, scientists and officers belonging to the administrative services. The parks are also working as an open-air laboratory for a range of students and researchers. Visiting groups get interacted within the park on predetermined nature trail.
To further spread the awareness, the Parks management has launched a quarterly newsletter entitled “Biodiversity” which aims at promoting a harmonious relationship between people and nature through:
- The dissemination of information regarding different facets of biodiversity;
- Participation in the development of biodiversity parks and other green zones; and
- Educational programmes offered in the biodiversity parks.