ICIMOD celebrates World Environment Day


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development joined the global family to celebrate the World Environment Day on 5 June 2014. 

ICIMOD collaborated with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal, and Children for Green New Nepal (CGNN) to organize celebratory events in Nepal. 

About 700 students from 10 government schools (where CGNN runs its eco club projects) participated in a mass awareness rally. Another 400 students participated in an art competition with the theme ‘Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level’ and ‘Sustainable City’. Fifty artworks were selected for an exhibition. Groups of students from each school prepared modules on the theme ‘sustainable city’ and those selected were exhibited at Basantapur Square for public viewing.

ICIMOD also participated in the eco fair organized by the Nepali Times that showcased new technologies in renewable energy, and a photo story exhibition 'Peaks to the Sea' that depicted the causes of climate change in the mountains and its effects to the sea level. The exhibition attracted over 90,000 people.

A group of students and former Miss Nepal Earth and Miss Nepal International participated in a recycled paper dress fashion show in Basantapur. The message of the show was that paper, plastic, and other recyclable materials can be reused in various forms.

In Myanmar, WED celebrations were coordinated by EMPOWER Consultancy, and featured public awareness campaigns on biodiversity and healthy environment. The programme aimed at educating students on the importance of biodiversity. About 54 school children living in semi urban areas of Yangon participated in the programme. Similarly a panel of five eminent personalities gave talks on WED themes. 

A biodiversity study of species richness was also organized at the designed experimental plot in the national park where scientists talked about the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem. A flash mob was organized by 12 volunteers to get the attention of the public on WED activities. 

In Pakistan, ICIMOD collaborated with WWF-Gilgit Baltistan, Forest, Wildlife & Environment Department, Government of Gilgit Baltistan, and local schools to celebrate the Day at Naltar valley, Gilgit. Around 80 students from six different schools and local community members participated in the event and highlighted the issues and challenges of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan part of Pakistan. The activities included speeches, skits, quiz competition, and a nature walk to collect solid waste. 

The event engaged students from schools of Gilgit city and surrounding places to raise awareness about the role of students in environmental conservation and associated themes. The WED message by Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, was read out to the participants. The speech highlighted another emerging challenge in the HKH region - air pollution, particularly black carbon. 

Students and participants joined the nature walk and collected solid waste from the jurisdiction of Pakistan Air Force Ski resort area. For this purpose, gloves, masks, and cloth bags were distributed to the participants. About 80 kilograms of waste – 60 kg non-degradable and 20 kg degradable - was collected and disposed off.

In Bhutan, ICIMOD’s Knowledge Partner, Bhutan Media and Communication Institute (BMCI), collaborated with two traditional art schools - Choki Traditional Art School and Institute of Zorig Chusum - to organize a unique traditional art competition among 15 students from these two schools. Traditional art form was used to depict contemporary environmental issues. A certificate of participation was awarded to all the participants, and cash prizes to the winners. 

Photo: CGNN
Photo: Sudas Sharma/ICIMOD
Photo: Empower Consultancy
Photo: BMCI