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Centre for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

Our Mission

The Centre for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) aims to address urban ecological issues with a view to offering solutions, and develop a skilled cohort of professionals who actively engage in, and find solutions for urban ecological challenges. The Centre serves as a focal point where researchers, government & non-governmental, citizens and private agencies converge and participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable environmental projects in cities. CUES collaborates actively with other schools and centres in AUD like the School of Human Ecology, School of Development Studies (SDS), School of Design (SDS), Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK) on areas of common interests. The Centre envisages to build linkages with teaching and research programmes within the University to provide students with hands-on learning, field practicum and engaged scholarship opportunities. The Centre hosts interactions and dialogues between Universities and other organizations in the city across thematics in urban sustainability.

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  • The Common Man’s Environmentalism

    The Common Man’s Environmentalism

    Saurabh Chowdhury Over time, urban spaces have been characterized by their infrastructure. Better the infrastructure better is the city. And with the focus being so much on infrastructure, nature has taken a back seat. Urban dwellers have become dissociated with nature, and the common man’s environmentalism seems to have replaced knowledge and understanding of nature.…

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  • Fauna in the City – Part I

    Fauna in the City – Part I

    Ajay Immanuel Gonji About a month ago, Delhi witnessed a bizarre incident where a Nilgai was found in one of the most unlikely places in the city – the lush green lawns of parliament house! The front page of newspapers featured an image of the frenzied animal being caught by trappers after it probably strayed…

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  • Implications of New Wetland Rules 2016.

    Implications of New Wetland Rules 2016.

    By Vijaylakshmi Suman In order to protect and conserve wetlands as it is one of the important ecosystems, Central Government had made rules for conservation and management of wetlands in 2010. In March 2016, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has come up with new set of rules with an intention to protect…

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  • Ecology and City or Ecology in City?

    Ecology and City or Ecology in City?

    By Vijaylakshmi Suman Along with several issues and debates around urbanisation, the concept of urban ecology also arose around 1990’s- states a new article published in Science. Image by: kamalnishad As the author writes, there was a need to introduce the discipline of urban ecology. This would help to increase our knowledge of human and ecological…

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  • Referencing is Central to Ecological Restoration?

    Referencing is Central to Ecological Restoration?

    Vijaylakshmi Suman Ecologists use referencing information in ecological restoration to define pre-set goals and approach to evaluating the success of a project. The larger goal is also to determine the condition under which restored ecosystem would sustain on its own. The selection and use of reference information is a central and defining issue for restoration…

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  • Does Inclusion of People in Ecological Restoration Need a New Kind of Language?

    Does Inclusion of People in Ecological Restoration Need a New Kind of Language?

    Vijaylakshmi Suman Contemporary projects of ecological restoration are keen to incorporate societal concern as an integral part of the process. The practice of ecological restoration is accepting perception of public and desires towards the natural environment. These public figures are mostly lay people, volunteers, academic etc. Participation of diverse population will provide the opportunity to…

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CUES Restoration Project Site: Dheerpur Wetland, Delhi


Restoration of Dheerpur Wetlands: A collaboration of CUES, AUD & DDA

The marshes and wetlands of the Yamuna region once extended from Azadpur to the present-day banks of the river. This region has been heavily drained and undergone an extensive land-use change during the last fifty years. Remnants of once widespread historical marshes can now only be seen near Jahangirpuri, Dheerpur and Burari. Since wetlands are increasingly appreciated globally and nationally for their socio-ecological functions and provisions, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) decided to restore the wetlands of Dheerpur.

Fragments of these wetlands have been filled up, dyked, dried and carved out for seasonal agriculture. Hence, it may not be sufficient to only stop their further degradation of wetlands of Dheerpur but would also be necessary to restore them for posterity. With this view, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has entered into a Management Agreement with Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), in which the land ownership remains with DDA, and AUD would restore the wetlands. DDA would assist in civil work, funding research and restoration work, whereas AUD is entrusted with providing technical guidance for restoration and maintenance of the wetlands.

The Management Agreement for Dheerpur Wetland Project between AUD and DDA was signed on 17 February 2015. Following which the project was formally inaugurated on 19th June 2015.

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Dheerpur Wetland Project Site, Gandhi Vihar, Gopalpur Village,

Delhi 110009

Visiting hours:

10am – 5pm

Project Initiated:

Delhi, June 2015

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