Sacred groves and cemeteries over Kolkata can be considered as a hiddengem in terms of urban biodiversity. 6 major cemetery and burial ground ofdifferent ethnic communities and their respective
Areas has been listed below:
Park Street Cemetery 8 – acres
Jewish Cemetery – 10 acres
Lower circular road Cemetery – 33 acres
Scottish cemetery – 6 acres
Bhowanipore cemetery – 1.5 acres.
Bagmari Kabristan – 46 acres
A total of 104 acres of land which remain almost untouched compared to the rapid urban growth and development of the city. Interesting feature of these cemetery and burial ground is the development of uninterrupted greenery for at least the last five decades. The anthropogenic intervention free green space supports a significant number of insect, reptile,avian and mammal flora
as well as several important plant species. Therefore, the role of these urban green patches in conservation of urban biodiversity is extremely important. These places also helps to mitigate urban heat island effect.
Our intervention tends to quantity the ecosystem services provided by the green patches of urban sacred groves and burial ground, identity the probable risks and propose a future policy work to mitigate the risk though multi-criteria decision