Initiatives

BIODIVERSITY INDEX AND SENSITIVITY MAP

As part of its biodiversity push for government and businesses, Terracon Ecotech has created an index that measure the relative biodiversity in a sampling location and it can be used for assessing a large area for locating the biodiversity focus area.

A biodiversity sensitivity map has been created in order to provide a visual tool, which indicated the spread of biodiversity in the study area. The map also pointed out places with important sightings of threatened and ecologically important flora and fauna. A unique method is used to prepare a biodiversity index that was used as a reference while preparing biodiversity sensitivity map. In the map, lights to dark shades are used to indicate low to high biodiversity of the study area. This provides better insight of rich biodiversity regions of the study area.

CARBON SEQUESTRATION PROJECT

The Co2 level in the atmosphere is continuously and drastically increasing. Stabilizing this atmospheric CO2 is necessary to mitigate global warming. Carbon sequestration, the long term storage of carbon in trees, is thus a necessity. The ability to sequester carbon by different species plays a very critical role in managing and mitigating the impact of carbon influx in the environment. Thus, it is very important to study the carbon sequestration process and capacity of trees in an ecosystem.

To strengthen its core activities of tree inventory and greenbelt planning, Terracon Ecotech has measured and analyzed the carbon absorption rates of top 100 species of trees that are commonly found in tropical India. Assessing the carbon absorption and sequestration rates of different species plays a very critical role in understanding a forest’s ability to absorb carbon of all forms, managing the carbon influx in the environment and determining how impactful these sinks are in the mitigation of climate change. According to a study by United Nations, India is expected to be one of the world’s worst-affected countries by climate change, with an estimated 5% loss of GDP.

This project envisages calculating the carbon sequestration potential of each species and it is possible to determine the historical and potential sequestrationof the area under study. This helps in identifying gaps in the carbon emission and absorption profile of the area.

TREE VALUATION PROJECT

As per India’s voluntary commitment to United Nations summit in Copenhagen to reduce carbon emission intensity by 2020, the importance of green cover and various green initiatives has increased to a larger extent. Terracon Ecotech endeavors to be at the forefront of various green initiatives and create a unique position for itself in the market. Tree Valuation Project is one such initiative by Terracon to propagate the importance of trees by calculating the economic value or wealth of each tree.Terraconhas initiated an extensive research project to develop methodology for assessing the value of trees in Indian conditions. This approach will be first of its kind in India and will also add significant value to our existing tree inventory activity and increase awareness of the trees as a source of economic value.

CITY BIODIVERSITY INDEX

According to the UN, 50% of the world’s population was residing in cities in 2008, and the percentage is expected to rise to 70% by 2050. The City Biodiversity Index aims to serve as a self-assessment monitoring tool to promote better management of resources and conservation of biodiversity internationally. The index also serves as a platform through which cities can share solutions for conserving biodiversity and overcoming the problems of increased urbanization, climate change and city planning and management.

The index is regarded as the first tool of its kind designed specifically to gauge the biodiversity conservation efforts of cities. Other existing indices, such as the Environmental Sustainable Index and the Environmental Performance Index, are more suited for countries and not easily applicable to cities. The City Biodiversity Index is a self-assessment tool that encourages cities to monitor and evaluate their progress in conserving and enhancing biodiversity. It comprises 23 indicators under three core components: (a) native biodiversity in the city; (b) ecosystem services provided by biodiversity in the city; and (c) governance and management of biodiversity in the city.Terracon Ecotech Pvt. Ltd. has partnered with Convention on Biological Diversity to bring the index to India and has brought the first index for the City of Mira Bhainder, a suburb of Mumbai.

VRUSHSHARAD+, SOFTWARE TO MAP TREES

Vrukshsharad+ (VS+), a GIS based dynamic software, is Terracon Ecotech’s flagship and proprietary project.VS+ is a user friendly, tree inventory software that can capture and retrieve floral data, as well as provide quick search results and analytical tools. VS+ is an endeavor to support tree inventory studies and bring ecological data into greenbelt and green cover planning and development by managing data and providing analytics.
VrukshSharad helps in various vegetation related studies including:

  • Species composition of an area
  • City’s Carbon Sequestration Potential
  • Exact location and details of every tree plotted
  • Geographic spread of specie or a group of species using various complex filters of age, height, girth, area, canopy etc.