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Here is your chance to contribute to an exercise that aims to document trees across the country

Is there a tree whose shade you walk by everyday or whose flowers you pause to admire? This Earth Day may be your chance to give your resident tree its due!

The Neighbourhood Trees Campaign, launching on Earth Day, April 22, will rope in citizens to photograph, map and share stories of trees in their area of residence. Organised by the India Biodiversity Portal, the campaign hopes to drive home the importance of trees in our neighbourhoods by crowd sourcing and compiling information on diversity of trees in India. With more than 7,500 tree species in the country, it is important to document these species and their distribution, feel the organisers. By being aware of the trees in their vicinity, residents may also become a part of conservation of their environment. The collected data will be available on the public portal athttp://treesindia.india

biodiversity.org/.

All you need is a camera or mobile phone and a note pad. Observe, photograph and document a tree in your garden, road or neighbourhood park. To get your local tress on the national map, sign up at treesindia.in and upload your observations. Submit and share on social media. While there are tutorials on how to identify species by observing characteristic features, unidentified observations will be deciphered with the help of experts online.

In Pondicherry, the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) will be the local partner for the campaign that concludes on April 27.

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