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'Green landscaping will facilitate in building a Greener & Healthier India'
Today, while addressing at the inaugural session of 5th Green Landscape Summit organised by CII and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Smt Sonali Bhagwati, Member, Delhi Urban Art Commission has underlined on the need & importance of creating Green spaces in the concrete jungle. This can be in the form of developing greenways and pedestrian walkways, which in turn can enhance social connections in the community, she added. Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) and CII- IGBC should work together in developing Green spaces, she highlighted.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC highlighted that, today, India with over 4.45 Billion sq.ft is the second Country in the world in terms of largest registered Green building footprint. IGBC aspires to facilitate 10 Billion sq.ft of Green building footprint by 2022, he informed. Dr Jain also said that IGBC through its holistic Green Building Rating Systems is encouraging projects to incorporate Green landscaping practices and approaches.

Mr Rohit Marol, President, Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) said that, ISOLA and IGBC will work together in spreading more awareness and knowledge in the field of Green landscaping and biodiversity.

Mr Anil Kumar V Epur, Chairman, Green Landscape Committee, CII-Godrej GBC underlined that, incorporating Green landscaping concepts & techniques in all forms of built environment can help address National priorities like- water efficiency, enhancing biodiversity, waste management, energy efficiency and quality of life. Most importantly, these concepts can create healthier places for people to live, work and play, he underlined.

Prof Samir Mathur, Co-Chair, Green Landscape Summit 2016 said that, adopting and promoting Green landscaping activities will enable in restoration of biodiversity and promotes native & drought tolerant species. This augurs well for a Greener India, he added. He reiterated that IGBC and ISOLA will work more closely in taking forward the Green landscape movement in the Country.

Ms Seema Arora, Executive Director, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development shared on how Indian industry has mainstreamed the idea of biodiversity in their day to day activities and have minimised the damage to biodiversity.

Ms Sheetal Rakheja, Co-Chair, IGBC Delhi Chapter said that, IGBC is working closely with the stakeholders in further accelerating the adoption & promotion of Green buildings and Green landscaping practices across the Country.

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