5–6 June: ICIMOD Celebrates World Environment Day

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Activities in Nepal

Together with Children for Green New Nepal (CGNN), ICIMOD organized the street drama Sutra. Based on this year’s theme, Green Economy: Does it include you?, the show conveyed the value of a green economy as a means for achieving sustainable development. The play depicted frustrations of daily urban life, like water and energy shortages, with wit and humour. Towards the end, the characters found solutions to their woes by adopting a lifestyle which is both environmentally friendly and socially inclusive. 

Dignitaries from the Ministry of Environment, Science, and Technology, representatives from various INGOs/NGOs, and school children watched the performance with keen interest. The drama was staged three times: first at the Nepal Academy amphitheatre, once more the same afternoon in Patan Durbar Square, and another time in Bhaktapur the following day. 

Together with Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA), Dabur Nepal, and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, ICIMOD organized an herbal garden demonstration in Patan Durbar Square to create awareness on the role of medicinal plants in improving livelihoods through augmenting health care, boosting local economies, and conserving ecosystems. 

The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, biodiversity expert Dr Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, which was followed by speeches from representatives from ICIMOD, Dabur Nepal, and ECCA. Students, teachers, distinguished biodiversity experts, representatives from civil society, local government, and private organizations, as well as the general public were present at the demonstration. Activities included Herbal Garden Kit Distribution, setting up herbal plants and attaching informative tags, an exhibition stall, a documentary to promote herbal gardens, and distribution of certificates to mentor schools. 

Activities in Pakistan

ICIMOD, in cooperation with the Pakistan Wetlands Programme and the Ministry of Climate Change, organized activities including a poster competition, a quiz competition, an Urdu essay competition, a project where handicrafts created out of recycled products, tree plantation, and information stalls hosted with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The winners of the competitions were awarded at a World Environment Day programme at the Islamabad College for Girls by the event chair, Mr Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, Minister for Climate Change.

In addition, students from the Islamabad College for Girls presented a puppet show, a tableau, skits, and songs that highlighted environmental issues. Mr Khan gave a short speech about the importance of conservation, the role everyone can play in reducing carbon emissions, and the need for Pakistan to increase its forest cover from its current level of 5.2 per cent. At the event Muhammad Javed Malik, Secretary for the Ministry of Climate Change, gave a speech launching the book Wildlife of Western Himalaya by Dr Ghulam Akbar, Senior Director of the Pakistan Wetlands Programme. Dr Akbar said that keeping the importance of natural resources in mind in all aspects of life is what Green Economy is all about. A large number of students, parents, government officials, residents and people from all walks of life attended the event.