National Coordinator of UNDP's Small Grants Programme P.S. Sodhi (r) at Green Haat. The festival highlights the real green economy which sustains a major part of India. India is the global host of the 2011 World Environment Day (WED), the principal vehicle through which the Unites Nations stimulates worldwide awareness about the environment every year. The WED theme for 2011 is Forests: Nature at Your Service. As part of the celebrations of the WED 2011, the Dilli Haat at INA has become the organizing venue for Green Haat: a portrait of the real green economy that sustains a major population of India. The Green Haat is being organized by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India in association with various organisations like CEE (Centre for Environment Ed
The Environment Department of the Government of NCT of Delhi has been coordinating the Eco Clubs Programme since over a decade now. The large number of Eco Clubs in different schools and colleges across Delhi have played an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst school children and youth. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Aastha Kukreti at Delhi Greens catches up with Delhi Govt's Eco Clubs In-charge Dr. B. C. Sabata who is also a Senior Scientific Officer in the Government's Department of Environment. Aastha Kukreti: What are the major initiatives taken by your Department to spread awareness about environmental protection especially with respect to children and youth? Dr. B.C. Sabata: The Department of Environment has been very active in spreading awarene...
It is that time of the year when activities carried out towards environment protection climax, and rejuvenate with even greater enthusiasm. As the calendar changes to the month of June, concerned people from around the world await the 5th date of the month to be celebrated as the World Environment Day (WED). WED is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action, involving everyone from everywhere. WED celebrations first began in 1972 and has since then grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The WED 2011 is even more special for those living in India and in the India
In definition, biological diversity (biodiversity) is the ‘variety of life’ and refers collectively to variation at all levels of biological organization. In our daily life, it is everywhere around us! It doesn’t matter if you live in a city, a town or a village, you are almost always surrounded by some degree of biodiversity and your survival on this Planet is ensured by the services provided by both the existing as well as yet to be discovered biodiversity. Such is the importance of the biodiversity services that even if a fraction of these services are removed, e.g. pollination by bees and other insects, human survival and growth will come to a standstill in no time. This year’s observance of the International Day for Biodiversity by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) c
A two days stakeholder consultation to develop the framework for strengthening biodiversity conservation programs and initiating action for assessing the economic value of India’s natural capital is ongoing right now. It aims to recognize, demonstrate, capture and optimize the value of biodiversity and ecosystem service and targets policy actions at national and state levels, improvements in business assessments and disclosure, and improved citizen awareness of the issues involved. The consultations is expected to cover subjects like financing biodiversity in India, introduction of The Economic of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) framework and its relevance for business and NGOs, bring forth climate change concerns with respect to biodiversity conservation and appl
Satellite image of River Yamuna and its floodplain (in lean period) clearly shows the encroachment that may have intensified floods in Delhi this year If you think the massive traffic jams, national shame, broken infrastructure that crumbles even as it is being constructed and the caving in of roads are all the direct impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that we are facing as citizens of Delhi, there is more to it that got overshadowed amidst it all. And these are impacts that may keep returning to plague Delhi long after the Games are over. If you are among the people whose houses got flooded this monsoon and think it is the incessant rains because of which the Yamuna became so swollen and caused the damage, there might be more to it that you should know. Predictions had already b...
Honey Bees provide the priceless ecosystem service of food production! The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative was launched as a consequence of the G8+5 Environmental Ministers meeting in Potsdam, Germany, in March 2007, which decided to 'initiate in a global study the process of analysing the global economic benefit of biological diversity, the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the failure to take protective measures versus the costs of effective conservation’ under the leadership of Pavan Sukhdev. A Climate Issues Update of TEEB was presented on 2nd September in preparation of the Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen by the European Commission, the German Minister for Environment and the Executive Director of UNEP. TEEB, now being proudly host
1. Tiger Supports Livelihood Tourism is the world's biggest industry. On the ecotour front, the tiger is a star attraction for not just the Indian tourists but also for the people coming from other countries. There are foriegners who come to India only to have a glimpse of the tiger and then there are others who return more than once for another such opportunity. The look in the eyes of a canter that has just come out of a National Park after sighting a tiger is very different from the look and feel of a canter that could not sight any. This eventually impacts the tourist influx thus impacting everyone from the tour companies to the local tour guides. A healthy tiger population thus supports livelihoods as well. 2. Tiger Protects Genetic Diversity Tiger is an umbrella species. It's