Photo: Harini Nagendra

Nature in the City

Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future" describe changes in nature in the landscape of Bengaluru India, using a deep historical perspective.

With 10 million people and pell-mell development, Bengaluru (India's Silicon Valley, also known as Bangalore) is an old city in thoroughly modern flux. The book examines changes in the way people perceive nature, charts a trend towards simplification of biodiversity and ecosystem services over time, and identifies at pockets of resilience where multifunctional nature still thrives in the midst of urban chaos. Illustrated with stories of people and places, this is a compelling account of the ecological history of one of the world's fastest growing cities, and adds to our limited knowledge of the importance of ecosystem change for urban resilience and sustainability in the fast growing cities of the global South. link

Harini Nagendra is a Professor in the School of Development at Azim Premji University. She is a member of the PECS Scientific Committee.


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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.