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City Nature Challenge

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

Source: TH

 

Over 30 Indian cities will participate in the City Nature Challenge, an app-based competition that encourages people to record observations of nature. Participants can use the iNaturalist app to click and upload photos of natural flora and fauna, and the app uses Artificial Intelligence to suggest the species name.

 

Significance: The event is an opportunity for citizens to use nature to reduce stress and calm anxiety, and the data collected will be used by scientists and researchers to research different plant and animal species and determine the biodiversity in a region.

 

Usage: Such examples can be used in governance and environment questions showing people’s participation in documenting biodiversity (‘Citizen Science’); raising awareness about nature, reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being