SSIR – Bangalore Lakes by Michel St. Pierre

November 8th, 2012 by

Residents along the edge of the polluted Banthur Lake, Bangalore.

On October 16thSherwood Institute board member Michel St. Pierre published an article titled “Sustainable Development in India” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in which he discusses the work the Sherwood Institute’s work in Bangalore, and how the city has been affected by India’s quickly rising population. “Bangalore… is a metropolis of 5.4 million people that was once dotted with hundreds of lakes, which created a livable city providing food and water for residents, opportunities for livelihoods, habitat for rare and migratory birds, and a rich cultural heritage” Pierre describes. “With the city’s rapid development, and a lack of public action to protect the natural resources of the city, today less than a third of the lakes remain. There is pollution from human and industrial waste and land filling has occurred through illegal dumping and development.” Sherwood Institute’s project to restore the lakes of Bangalore encourages innovation, as a solution must integrate many aspects of the city’s infrastructure, ecological and social systems. “The solution includes efforts in a variety of areas: from garnering local political support and creating a Lake Development Advisory Commission, to working to affect policy in Bangalore and fundraising for early phase restoration efforts.” Pierre “believe[s] that the vision for the lake restoration is a key step toward a major quality of urban life enhancement in Bangalore… Hopefully, this initiative can provide a way forward for similar initiatives elsewhere in the country.”

This month, St. Pierre will be presenting with Sherwood Institute Associate Director John Leys at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco on the topic. The talk will take place on November 15th from 1:30-2:30pm. Details here. (link to GB site session info)

Click here to read the full article.

Trash floats in a lake in Bangalore.
A polluted lake in Bangalore.

4 Responses to “SSIR – Bangalore Lakes by Michel St. Pierre”

  1. We are happy to read in the local newspaper about your researchers’ intent to revive 7 lakes in Bangalore. We are a small citizens’ group instrumental in getting the civic admin. to restore Puttenahalli Lake in our locality and are now its official custodians. We invite your team to visit our lake. Their suggestions would help us maintain it better.
    Thanks
    Usha
    Chairperson, PNLIT

  2. Dr Arbind Kumar Gupta says:

    I came to know about you in the Times of India report dt 16 Dec 2012 about your interest and MoU for restoration of lakes in South Bangalore.

    I, along with few committed people have come together to form a SaveBangaloreLakes group. It has about 150+ people representing ~30 different lake teams in the city. We have also started working to create a core group for support and guidance for development model, expertize etc. I would like to get in touch with you and work together.

    - Dr Arbind Gupta

    • Shillu Jos says:

      Dr Arbind,
      I am a member of Green initiative in my organization. I along with my friends would like to participate in lake restoration activities. I would also like to join SaveBangaloreLakes group of google. I am particularly interested in the restoration of Horamavu-Agara lake and Benniganahalli(Tin factory) lake. Please provide necessary guidance.

  3. admin says:

    To participate in the Sherwood Institute’s effort to restore the lakes of Bangalore, you can fill in our lake survey on this page:

    http://www.sherwoodinstitute.org/bangalore

    There will be other opportunities shorty to learn more about what the Sherwood Institute is working on and to provide your input regarding lake restoration priorities and lake governance.

    On this page you can also sign up to receive email updates from us and there are links to our Google + and Facebook pages too.

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