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Help to Save Aarey Forest and its Wildlife in Mumbai, India



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Aarey Forest


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As AareyForest in Mumbai is about to loose 2702 trees and the habitat of 290 wildlife species including 9 leopards for making a maintainence and washing shed for Metro 3 despite 7 options, it is time to seek the intervention and help of those who really care and can help Mumbai retain it's Green lungs.

IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) is a global body of government and society for protecting forests and helping countries meet international commitment on climate change and biodiversity.

UNEP (The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Citizen who want to have the Metro and development of their city but also want to retain their rich forest for the future generations are requesting these International bodies to help Save Aarey Forest!

Do you care for your environment?
Do you care for your self and your children?
Do your care for. Mumbai?

Then do mail these authorities and tell the ones who can save the environment and our city Mumbai to help #SaveAareyForest

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Help to Save Aarey Forest and its Wildlife in Mumbai, India




To :

Dr. Vivek Saxena, India Chief - IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature)

Mr.Zhang Xinsheng,  President - IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature)

Ms. Inger Andersen, Chairperson and ED - UNEP The United Nations Environment Programme

Copy to :

Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President - JICA Japan (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

Office of the Prime Minister, Japan

Office of Spokesperson, UN - Secretary General

Dear Sir/Madam :

I am a proud citizen of Mumbai in India which is home to a 3000 acres green lung called Aarey Forest. Aarey has around 4,80,000 trees and is home to 290 wild species like 16 types of mammals including 9 Leopards, 76 species of birds, 38 species of snakes, 13 types of amphibians, 86 types of butterflies, 27 types of insects and around 34 wild-flowers. Many new species of spiders and lizards are discovered in Aarey in the recent past and have been documented in International scientific journals.

5 species in Aarey Forest are on IUCNs Red-List, many inching close to the endangered category, currently in the threatening and vulnerable categories. They are  Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), Rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus), Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria and Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus). Once Aarey was also home to now endangered Vultures.

The Leopards of Aarey are sighted very often and infact the Government records also confirm the presence of Leopards and that Seven Leopards were rescued by the Forest department in the Aarey Region in the last 3 years (2016 to 2018)

The metro body has started cutting the Trees at the site which has already started impacting the habitat of the wildlife. Local wildlife rescue organisations are being denied entry in the area to help any creature that's seeking help.

The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study basis which JICA Japan has sanctioned the loan has stated that there is no Wildlife in Aarey Forest and various facts are in-correct and not represented correctly. Many citizen and citizen groups have raised this with JICA Japan also,

Aarey Forest is around ~3 kilometers from Sanjay Gandhi National Park so any construction activity is not permitted within 4 kilometers of any national park (as per Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 or MOEF's guideline on Eco Senstive Zone under the provision of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986). The proposed car shed also violates the Central government's acts.

The proposal to cut 2702 trees in Aarey for making a Metro shed has faced a lot of public ire with citizen getting down on streets in large numbers. While there are multiple petitions pending before the courts in the matter, citizen are try everything possible to save their forest

I as a citizen of Mumbai am in favor of Metro and want the development to happen but the only request is to avoid cutting the Aarey Forest for making a car shed for washing and maintaining the coaches. The same can be shifted to other alternatives available - there are 7 options like Kanjurmarg, Kalina University, BKC, Backbay, Seepz, etc where the 30 acre area is easily available. The larger issue is that with the proposed car shed coming in, there are plans to have 32 floor Metro bhavan (Office), SRA (Slum rehabilitation projects), and many other developmental activities which will destroy the wildlife, their habitat and the forest which is very important for Mumbai, which is Worlds 4th Most polluted Mega city as per World Health Organization.

I understand that IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) is a global body of government and society for protecting forests and helping countries meet international commitment on climate change and biodiversity.

I understand that UNEP (The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment, providing leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

India is proud to have you, Dr. Saxena as Chief of IUCN India with your expertise in Environment and Wildlife as a senior IFS officer who has worked on the grounds as well as at MOEF (Ministry of Environment and Forest). And Mr. Zhang Xinsheng's, President of IUCN and founder of Eco Forum in China being an ex Minister, People Republic of China would appreciate the citizen's concern.We have always admired Ms. Inger Anderson, the erstwhile Director General of IUCN, now, the Chairperson of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). We are sure that you all will help Save Aarey Forest and its biodiversity from being destroyed

The citizen and future generation of Mumbai have a lot of hope from you. Please do not let us down and don’t let Aarey Forest become Amazon Forest of India !

Thank you

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