Published in print as
 `Journal of Ecological Society,
 Volume 13/14, 2000-1'.
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This new millennium marks times of change. Conservation movement that began from scattered protection of wilderness areas gradually grew up by embracing broader rural landscape through afforestation related routes, ultimately touching the outskirts of cities and even public places within like roads. But this focus on environmental restoration ignores the profound wilderness values that even cities harbour. Emerging realisation is that biodiversity forms the living environment of the city and its conservation is as important as conservation of the tiger.

Changes in this urban biodiversity can sometimes serve as vital signs of environmental change, as some predict from current loss of sparrows in Bangalore city. Thus, urban naturalists need not take pleasure in visiting just remote forests and wetlands, but monitor urban wildlife and strive to conserve it. The monitoring cannot begin without an initial record of the existing wealth. RANWA is attempting to do this in its latest initiative `Pune Alive- a directory of Pune biodiversity'.

The database will pool wisdom of expert naturalists regarding `what', `where' and `how much' of various plant and animal groups; trees, butterflies, fishes, frogs, snails, ants being a few to name. The compilation will appear first on the internet for the reference of worldwide community including Puneites, even abroad. If this activity can generate funds, it could be printed in the book form.

This effort is inspired by WWF Bangalore's book on biodiversity of a megacity like Bangalore, besides the book on birds of Sultanpur, a wetland near Delhi, by Kalpavriksh, and the millennium local ecosystem assessments launched globally by the United Nations.

Description of current and historical levels of species diversity and abundance, places and habitats preferred by species etc. are now being computerised, and would hit the web before the millennium bang year ends.

This effort draws strength from enthusiastic voluntary contributions by amateur naturalists, not formal taxonomists. RANWA is only coordinating the effort.

RANWA hopes that this effort inspires more naturalists across the country, at least numerous nettizens, to prepare millennium status reports of local biota.

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