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Nature in the CityBengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future$
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Harini Nagendra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465927.001.0001

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City of Lakes

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Nature in the City

Harini Nagendra

Oxford University Press

Lakes constitute highly challenging contexts for the conservation of nature in the city. Over the centuries, the social function of lakes has changed from essential water reservoirs and locations of rich biodiversity to empty places valued for their ability to hold vast quantities of sewage, or as potential real estate gold mines. As we have seen, efforts at lake conservation need joint efforts by government agencies, civic bodies, and resident groups of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Only this can help to forge a new approach for the conservation of lakes in Bengaluru, one that is pluralistic, inclusive, and generated from the ground up. Such collaborative efforts should, however, not be restricted only to lakes, and are indeed required to protect all aspects of nature in the city.

Keywords:   community management, inscriptions, livelihoods, private–public partnerships, privatization, rainwater harvesting, tanks, sewage treatment, urban commons

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