A survey of citizens of Delhi, carried out at several public spaces by Delhi Greens NGO revealed that when citizens were asked the city to which they belonged, over 87% of the population surveyed took the name of a city other than Delhi. This, despite the fact that over 45% of them had been residing in Delhi for more than 10 years. A need was therefore felt to create a programme wherein people living in Delhi could be transformed into citizens of Delhi!
It was with this intention that the Urban Ecotourism project was initiated, with support from Delhi Greens NGO. The first Delhi Greens Urban Ecotour was flagged-off by Dr. B.C. Sabata (Sr. Sci. Officer, Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi) from the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station on 13 September, 2008. Click here to view the advertisement in the newspaper (supported by the Government of NCT of Delhi) of the first Urban Ecotour.
The Urban Ecotourism project inculcates an Urban Ecotour to the city of Delhi, usually in a public transport/ Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Bus, and invites the people of Delhi to come and witness the very natural heritage that they are part of, and understand the source of the ecosystem services that they are availing. It is hoped, as it has been observed, that such an experience will sensitize the people towards their immediate environment and transform them into more responsible and responsive stakeholders of Delhi city.
More details of this project will be updated shortly.