World Environment Day Celebration across Indian Himalayan Region

CEE Himalaya celebrated the World Environment Day 2016 across the Indian Himalayan Region focusing on environmental issues, specific to each region or state.

Western Himalaya

Jammu and Kashmir: CEE Himalaya organized World Environment Day on 5th June, 2016, at village Kulhama, Bandipora, J&K. It is situated on the banks of Wular Lake, a Ramsar Site. At the beginning of the event, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Bhat, a resource person, introduced CEE and its activities to the participants with a special mention about interventions of CEE, post the Kashmir earthquake in 2008 and the J&K floods in 2014. Mr. Mubashi Zargar, CEE Kashmir, explained the background of World Environment Day and its significance to the participants. He began by the presenting interesting facts about the Wular Lake. He then explained the increasing incidences of decreasing biological diversity of the lake, including the loss of some important endemic and endangered species, due to human encroachment and hunting of local and migratory birds. He linked it with the WED 2016 theme, ‘Zero Tolerance for Illegal wild life Trade'. The significant roles of wildlife in sustaining the lake, sources of livelihood for the community, were also explained to the locals. He said that for some monetary benefits, we often overlook their ecological significance. At the end of the programme Mr. Nazir thanked everyone for participating in the event.

Central Himalaya

Uttarakhand: CEE Himalaya in collaboration with JSW Foundation and RCE Srinagar organized a celebration on the World Environment Day on June 5, 2016 at Mustiksaur, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. The objective of the programme was to sensitize and spread awareness on various issues surrounding their environment and providing solutions to the same with individual as well as collective responsibilities. Traditional practice of nature worship and conservation in the villages were also talked about. The eminent guests at the event included ‘Gram Pradhans' from five villages- Kuroli, Sada, Bongari, Kankrari and Mastari along with some other members from the local government bodies such as Mahila Mangal Dal, Yuva Mangal Dal, Chetra Panchayat, etc. The event was attended by around 135 people. Mr. Kushpal Singh, CEE Uttarkashi, gave a welcome speech. Later, a song ‘Paryavaran ki thani' by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) interns was followed by speeches from the invited guest. The event concluded by a vote of thanks by Mr. Kushpal, CEE Uttarkashi and an Assamese song sung by TISS interns. A rally took place from the college premises to nearby areas shouting the slogans. Cleaning of areas around Mustiksaur taxi stand, field and main roads was done. While addressing the participants, Gram Pradhans, namely, Shri Amar Singh, Kuroli; Shri Dalvir Singh, Chetra Panchayat, Kankrari; and Kavita Gusain, Bongari, raised various issues essential from perspective of environmental conservation. Chandan Singh Rana, BJP Representative, Mastari village thanked the entire CEE team for choosing Mustiksaur village for celebrating the World Environment Day 2016. He spoke about how each villager is responsible for conservation of natural resources more than any Government or Organisation working in the area. Saplings of traditional trees were planted in the Inter college premises by the villagers, the invited guests and the CEE Team.

Eastern Himalaya

Sikkim: CEE Himalaya celebrated the World Environment Day 2016 at Deorali Senior Secondary School, Gangtok, Sikkim. The occasion was observed for two days comprising of plantation and various programmes and activities. The programme began by informing students about the importance of environment and how each living being is a vital component of this environment. Significance and varied themes of World Environment Day were conveyed to the audience by senior students of the school. The students performed an action song on the theme of WED 2016 showcasing the wildlife of Sikkim namely Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda and Himalayan Thar. It focused on some species which have become extinct due to illegal trafficking. All the material prepared by students, in the Environmental club of the school, was displayed in an exhibition, to motivate others to take up such initiatives. It was presented a token of appreciation for their work in environmental awareness and conservation. Thereafter, various activities based on WED 2016 theme, were organised for students such as painting; mask masking, etc. Around 35 students participated in painting competition. Members of the environmental club, students, and teachers planted saplings of flowering plants in the school premises, to increase the green cover. The event concluded by prize distribution for mask making and painting competition.

Manipur: CEE Guwahati celebrated the World Environment Day 2016 with Naga Hindi Vidyapeeth Minuthong (NHVM), Imphal; Evangelical Free Church of India (EFCI), Rengkai; and Leimatak Employee Church (LEC), Churachandpur. The event was conducted at LEC Leimatak and Sunday School Hall of EFCI, Rengkai, Churachandpur with around 100 children. It was graced by Mr. Vanlalhmuok, Sunday School Superintendent; Miss PC Elizabeth, Sunday School Conductors; Miss Roslyn Lalneihlu, Teacher, SSA School, Churachandpur and Secretary In-charge, NHVM; and Miss Arlin Lalnunmawi, Proprietor, Arlin Decors. Miss P.C Elizabeth raised serious concerns on the decreasing natural forests and wildlife of their village. She also emphasized on the conservation of the same. Miss Roslyn Lalneihlu spoke on the negligence of human beings towards environmental awareness & conservation that has resulted in some irreversible changes in the ecosystem. Mr. Vanlalhmuok presented facts about environment and its importance. Later, participants planted saplings in the locality which was followed by a vote of thanks by the Secretary In-charge, NHVM.

Mizoram: CEE North East in association with Bru Cultural Organisation celebrated the World Environment Day on 5th June, 2016; at Bru Christian Fellowship (BCF) Hall, Mission Veng Aizawl, Mizoram. Around 132 participants attended the programme. Mr. G. Zonunkima and Mr. Lalremruata were the resource persons for event. They deliberated on the subject of ‘Illegal Wildlife trade in Mizoram' and ‘Wildlife Conservation Acts, 1972'. A group discussion was conducted with the participants, inviting their views and suggestion in curbing illegal trade in wildlife.

Assam: An outreach programme on the World Environment Day 2016 was conjointly organized by EdEn (Organisation working for Environmental Education in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh Districts of Assam, India) and CEE Himalaya on 5 th June, 2016. It involved 57 eco-club students from standard 8 th , 9 th , and 10 th and 3 teachers as well Principal of Lakhipather High School, Tinsukia, Assam; one of the schools implementing the North East India Asian Elephant Conservation Education Programme of CEE. The participants were oriented about the theme for WED 2016, ‘Zero Tolerance for Illegal Trade in Wildlife'. Later, a seminar highlighting the 'Endangered', 'Threatened', and 'Vulnerable' species as listed in IUCN version 3.1 which are found in Assam and poached for illegal wildlife trade, was conducted, followed by an open discussion on the role of Eco-Clubs in creating awareness and prohibiting the practice of wildlife trade was initiated. At the end, all the participants pledged to take further action and spread the word among peer groups and community.

Tripura: CEE Himalaya sponsored an event to mark the World Environment Day 2016. The event was celebrated in collaboration with Prayas – Teliamura; District Forest, Khowai; Tripura State Pollution Control Board; Teliamura Municipal Council; and CEE, Guwahati. A drawing competition was organized on June 29, 2016 at Town Hall, Teliamura with participation from 450 students from primary to higher secondary. Nearly, 1000 people witnessed the event. Smt. Gouri Das, MLA, Tripura L.A. inaugurated the event by drawing a picture herself. Other dignitaries such as Mr. Prasad Rao, District Forest Officer, Khowai and Mr. A. Chakraborty, District Forest Officer, Teliamura also graced the event. A cultural programme and plantation was organized at newly constructed Children Park, Premises of Teliamura, R.D. Block Office, and Teliamura Sub-Divisional Hospital on 3 rd June, 2016. Other dignitaries apart from Smt. Gouri Das, MLA, Tripura L.A.; Mr. Prasad Rao, District Forest Officer, Khowai; and Mr. A. Chakraborty, District Forest Officer, Teliamura present at the event, was Mr. Sajal Dey, Chairman, Teliamura Municipal Council. The event was attended by approximately 2000 people. The cultural programme witnessed performances by local artists followed by an introduction and significance of the WED by the dignitaries. The event concluded by seed plantation by the dignitaries. The last event in the series was held on 5 th June, 2016 at Netajinagar Community Hall in the presence of 500 people. The event was graced by dignitaries, namely, Smt. Saini Sarkar, Sabhadhipati, Khowai Zilla Parishad; Mr. Sajal Dey, Chairman, Teliamura Municipal Council; Mr. Amaresh Chowdhury, Chairman, T.P.S.; Mr. Prasad Rao, DFO, Khowai and Mr. A Chakraborty, DFO, Teliamura. The activities during the event included- seminar, cultural activities, prize distribution, Merit Scholarship Award and books distribution. In total, 50 students were honored with certificates, cheques and prizes. Students from financially poor families were given book sets on Science.

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2016
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