World Resource Institute

Mumbai, India

800 acres of urban forest declared as protected area in Mumbai

“The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and the Government of Maharashtra are developing a Climate Action Plan. The Plan will pave the way for climate resilient development in Mumbai, showcasing the city’s commitment to protect, conserve and restore its fragile ecosystems.”

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar IAS, Additional Municipal Commissioner – City, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Success Story

Aarey Milk Colony is an urban forest in Mumbai that is located in the eco-sensitive zone of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The urban forest serves as a buffer between the national park and Mumbai. When 190 acres of the urban forest were slated to be developed for a metro car shed, city-wide protests erupted as citizens advocated for the protection of the last few areas of natural forest cover in the city. On October 11th, 2020, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri. Uddhav Thackeray declared that 800 acres of land in the Aarey Milk Colony would become a forest reserve and relocated the metro car shed to a different part of the city. This seminal decision showcases the city and government's commitment to protect Mumbai’s urban forest and to restore the city’s green spaces.

City image by Hardik Joshi / Unsplash