As a Maharam STEAM 2017 Fellow, I was working in Guwahati, a North-Eastern Indian city, which is experiencing rapid development and population growth.
The strain on the local environment is increasingly becoming visible. This city is home to many species of animals, some of which are endangered or almost extinct in the wild. Through this project, I documented many such species and created an accordion book called “Biodiversity 360”.
This book showcases local species co-inhabiting the city with us, and suggests ways for humans to make the urban environment a safer place for co-existence.
The book cuts a rough cross section to the city and urges people to walk around and observe the urban biodiversity. The project aims towards creating a awareness, by sharing information which would be useful for residents to created a more friendly/ less hazardous environment for these species. All these were put together with a narrative and illustrations of each species and their surrounding.
The book is accompanied with a small biodiversity map, which shares brief details of the species and the locality they can be found in.
One can also see the rough locations for spotting these species across the city and their current IUCN status.