World Environment Day in HIMALAYA-2011

Jun 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Environment, Events, M-20 CAMPAIGN

In this section we covered the Celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June 2011 across Himalayan Region. It covers news from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and  Pakistan.

About WED: World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. World Environment Day, 5th June is observed each year throughout the world, to focus attention on emerging environmental issues, and to induce public action. For 2011 UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) has given the theme “Forests: Nature at Your Service” in alignment with the UN International Year of Forests, 2011.

1. India: UNEP Report on “Green Economy and the Forest” on World Environment Day

  1. First time, India is the global host of UNEP World Environment Day. During this year, shifting from the past practice of organizing World Environment Day at New Delhi only, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India has planned a series of activities/events/campaigns during the first week of June, 2011, across the country in New Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve to highlight the intrinsic link between quality of life, the health of forests and forest ecosystems, and the sustainable use of forests. Long-term survival of forests is crucial for sustainable development and a green economy. Details>>
  2. CEE India: This year CEE is celebrating WED and the events will be based on the theme of Forest: Nature at your service.Exhibition, Food mela, treasure hunt, quiz, film screening, magic show and other various activities will be conducted. This is an open house event and free of cost. Please join us to make this event a grand success.
  3. 3. NDTV Greenathon:NDTV-Toyota Greenathon Launched in April 2008, the NDTV-Toyota Green campaign was India’s first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness about environmental issues by involving the people of our country to make a difference. The Greenathon 3 will be held on 4th & 5th June and will join UNEP in celebrating the World Environment Day (incidentally India is also the global host of World Environment Day 2011). This year too we continue to support and raise funds for TERI’s Lighting a Billion Lives.
  4. 20K saplings planted on 84-acre land  New Delhi now has a forest dedicated to the Commonwealth Games, 2010. The United Nations Environment Programme and the department of forests and wildlife recently carried out plantation of 20000 saplings in an area of 84 acres in southwest …
  5. World Environment Day to kick-start low-carbon growth: In the backdrop of the growing debate over growth and environment, India is hosting the Annual World Environment Day, 2011 — themed ‘Forest and Nature’ — here tomorrow. It is going to be a packed day for Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. Details>>
  6. Tibetan Women in a Push for a Greener India and a Healthier Planet : Five thousand Tibetan women belonging to 33 regional chapters of the Tibetan Women’s Association (RTWA) based in India observed the World Environment Day on the 5th of June by planting 20,000 trees in 10 states in India. This is a campaign that was launched by Environment Ministry’s on World Environment Day. Read>>

2. Nepal: Celebrating World Environment Day embracing the theme- ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’

  1. ICIMOD : To celebrate World Environment Day and help raise awareness on sustainable forest management and forest conservation, ICIMOD is joining hands with partners in several activities. Details>
  2. NYCA: With the main objective of creating awareness on diverse group of people nationally through the direct involvement of renowned persons and other effective tools, and to express solidarity to the world environment day 2011, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) is organizing week long activities as National Environment Week 2011. Details>>
  3. Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) is organizing an exhibition of two different artworks: painting and photography on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED). WED is celebrated every year, all over the world with several activities on 5th June with different themes and this year’s theme is ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’ which underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems. The WED theme also supports this year’s UN International Year of Forests.Details>>
  4. Resource Himalaya : Graduate Open House: To celebrate the World Environment Day, the Chandra Gurung Conservation Forum held event named “Design Dissertation & Field Research.” This event was an opportunity to share your ongoing dissertation/research plan and work and to get a clear study insight to make it worthy. The discussions on sustainable development of natural resources, biodiversity conservation was also carried out.  Details>>
  5. World Environment Day goes to ever higher heights on Mount Everest:  Thousands of projects are taking place internationally for World Environment Day (WED), but perhaps none as high as the clean-up operation held some 8,848 metres above sea level on Mount Everest. For WED 2011, the Everest Region and the Government of Nepal joined hands with several organisations and volunteers to launch the “Saving Mount Everest 2011- 2012” project.  Details>>
  6. World Environment Day 2011 in Nepal: Nepalese gathered to hug trees during a mass tree hugging event on World Environment Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, June 5, 2011. The event, organized to spread the message of this year’s theme to save the trees and save the earth, was also an attempt at creating a Guinness World Record for the maximum number of people hugging trees. The 879 people were hugging the trees for two minutes according to the organizers. Details>>

3. Pakistan: Celebrations kick off to mark World Environment Day

  1. KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Environment Shaikh Muhammad Afzal kicked off celebrations of Environment Protection Week in the province by leading a walk here in Shah Faisal Town on Monday. The walk from Cardiac Centre to Town Office was attendant by MPA Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri, Administrator Shah Faisal Town Kamal Mustafa, students of local schools and citizens. The minister said that plantation of 1.5 million trees in the province would be carried out during the week, which will culminate into World Environment Day on June 5. Details>>
  2. Plan sought to rid Karachi of multifarious pollutions:  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Women Wing Sindh Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqi on Saturday asked the Sindh government to devise a counteractive plan to rid Karachi of multifarious pollutions of air, water, noise and sea which are directly affecting citizens health and causing deaths. Details>>
  3. World Wetlands Day 2011, Green Celebrations in Pakistan A simple slogan designed for the World Wetlands Day 2011, to raise awareness amongst the new generation about the significant correlation between forests, wetlands and human beings. This day is celebrated every year on February 2nd, to mark the date of adoption of the ‘Convention on Wetlands’ held in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness on the values and benefits of wetlands and the Ramsar Convention. Details>>
  4. Zardari urges protection of forests for prosperous future: President Asif Ali Zardari has urged upon the environmentalists and the civil society to make concerted efforts to protect existing forests and turn the country green by planting more trees to arrest the negative impacts of environmental degradation for a prosperous future.In a message on the World Environment Day, he congratulated the United Nations Environment Programme for adopting the right theme for the year 2011 — ‘Forests Nature at your Service’ that underscores the intrinsic link between the quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems. Details>>

4. Bangladesh:

  1. WED Marks First Milestone in the 2011 Clean Up the World Campaign: Clean Up the World participants are joining thousands of others around the world to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. From Bangladesh to Venezuela, they have been inspired by this year’s WED theme, ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’. With forests providing homes to more than 300 million people and 80% of terrestrial biodiversity worldwide, they are an incredibly precious resource. In response to the theme, many Clean Up the World participants are taking a stand for our planet by planning tree planting activities. Details>>
  2. National Environment Award- 2011:  The government has awarded two institutions and an individual with the prestigious “National Environment Award-2011” for their outstanding contribution for the cause of protecting environment. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the award to the recipients at the function while inaugurating the World Environment Day-2011 programmes at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital. Detail>>
  3. Let Sundarban Live Long: Especially for Sunderban and the country’s other types of forests and tree cover, this year’s World Environment Day theme ‘Forests-Nature At Your Service’ bears much significance and gives last message to save our forests. Detail>>


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2 Comments to “World Environment Day in HIMALAYA-2011”

  1. Er.T.Manlong says:

    Dear Sir, It is an appeal to celebrate the WED 2011 by mass tree plantation in the barren land, open surface (fittable), awareness by electronic media. It is noticed many times through out the world, that after celebration of WED,, there is no one to pick up /collect the wastes generated at the celebration site. Everyone waits for the dust collector or labour incharge. Why dont the celebrating committee itself collect the wastes and dispose accordingly. Is celebration of WED is merely a farce? “Give a habit to self and others for clean and green environment” YOURS’ CHAIRMAN, ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY SOCIETY OF A.P

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