Kochi: Our City, Our Nature, Our Future
Nestled in the Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot, the city of Kochi is home to rich biodiversity. The city lies on the banks of Vembanad Lake, the largest Ramsar wetland in South India. It also hosts Mangalavanam – a mangrove bird sanctuary , right in the heart of the city. A significant proportion of the population of the city is dependent on the natural resources for their livelihood. Rapid urbanization is threatening the rich biodiversity, however the city is taking several steps to protect it. The map depicts the ecosystems and biological diversity in Kochi, ranging from marshes and paddy fields, to estuaries, beaches, mangroves and hills. The compass pays homage to the State Fish of Kerala, the Pearl Spot, and at the very top, is a Kathakali (the classical dance form of Kerala) dancer who animatedly surveys the map with a pair of binoculars.
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