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GPS-based Census of Raj Bhavan trees from February 27

An IT-based Census of trees in the Raj Bhavan premises is commencing on Friday to collect details like canopy diameter, carbon sequestration potential and spatial location.

The Tree Census has been undertaken by the BMC, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said, adding this is for the first time that the BMC is conducting the-IT based Tree Census in Mumbai. The census will be conducted in the presence of Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

The census involves GPS based tracking and GIS mapping of trees. The earlier Census was conducted in 2008 by manual process. The tree count then in Mumbai was 19 lakh. Raj Bhavan had 3000 trees.

The tree census using GIS and GPS based paperless exercise involves physical survey and recording of individual trees in the defined area. Details like spatial location, botanical name, common name, girth, height, canopy diameter, canopy type, condition (healthy, average, poor), family/genus, phenology, economic importance (medicinal, ornamental, fruiting), flowering season, colour of flower, carbon sequestration potential, etc is collected.

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