Illustrated Natural Asset maps are being developed for the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, as part of the INTERACT-Bio project, which is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMU). These cities have been added to the project as satellite cities, at the request from the Jammu and Kashmir Biodiversity Council.
The Illustrated Natural Asset maps will help to communicate the significance of urban biodiversity to the citizens and tourists. Field visits have been completed, and the natural assets of the cities of Jammu and Srinagar have been mapped on the GIS platform. All this information is now being used to develop the illustrated maps. Meanwhile, the Illustrated Natural Asset maps of the cities of Kochi, Panaji and Gangtok have already been prepared under the INTERACT-Bio project.