The city has scored 33 of the 98 points given for various parameters in the biodiversity index to be released at the city and sub-national biodiversity summit, “Cities for life”, during the ongoing COP 11 on October 15.

Hyderabad was the first Indian city to come up with ‘city biodiversity index’ and rated, Mohammed Majid Hussain, the Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and M. T. Krishna Babu told media persons here on Saturday. In the evaluation, the city scored 33 points while Brussels topped the list with 55 among the 14 cities across the world. This would be put to scrutiny by international organisations.

The index evaluated the status of biodiversity and is expected to serve as a monitoring method to promote better management of resources and conservation efforts. The city biodiversity summit being dubbed as first-of-its-kind at Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity would be inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday.

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