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Celebrating World Environment Day 2021

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04 June 2021

Celebrating World Environment Day 2021

World Environment Day (WED) is a United Nations initiative to encourage awareness and action to protect our environment. WED spreads the message that it is our responsibility to be agents of change, and take care of the earth. Over the years, WED has grown into a global platform for public outreach celebrated in more than 100 countries, with thousands of people participating in individual and organized environmental action.

This year Pakistan will be hosting the World Environment Day 2021, with the theme “Ecosystem Restoration” and a special focus on creating a good relationship with nature. Ecosystem Restoration means assisting the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded and destroyed as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. This year’s event will also mark the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030).



ICIMOD will be celebrating WED on 4 June 2021.


ICIMOD is also co-organizing a side-event on “Mountain ecosystem restoration” as a part of the World Environment Day celebrations, being hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan from 11:00-13:00 Pakistan Standard Time (UTC+05:00) on 2 June. The session will feature a keynote address to contextualize the theme, and a panel discussion on good practices in restoration at the regional, national, and local level. This will be followed by a question and answer session and interaction with participants.



The decade to restore our planet

Today, to mark World Environment Day 2021, let me reiterate the significance of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

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World Environment Day 2021


Ecosystem restoration in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

World Environment Day 2021 

What is ecosystem restoration?

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) defines ecosystem restoration as the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems, with richer biodiversity, yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish, and larger stores of greenhouse gases. Between now and 2030, the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems could generate US$9 trillion in ecosystem services. Restoration could also remove 13 to 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The economic benefits of such interventions exceed nine times the cost of investment, whereas inaction is at least three times more costly than ecosystem restoration. Restoring ecosystems large and small protects and improves the livelihoods of people who depend on them. It also helps to regulate disease and reduce the risk of natural disasters. In fact, restoration can help us achieve all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


About the photo contest

In line with the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, and the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, ICIMOD is organizing a photo contest on the theme of “Ecosystem restoration in the Hindu Kush Himalaya”. The contest is open to the general public. Each entrant may submit up to five images on ecosystem restoration (please refer to submission requirements and rules below). Entries will be judged on relevance, composition, originality, technical quality, and the caption/s accompanying the image/s. Winners will be announced in October 2021. The 20 best entries will be featured in ICIMOD’s website and highlighted in its communications and outreach platforms.

Photo Contest on Ecosystem Restoration

Read the eligibility and submission guidelines carefully before entering your photo(s) for the contest.

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How to participate

You may submit up to three entries in any of these categories (and a total of five across categories) by filling in the image submission form at

  • Forests
  • Grasslands and rangelands
  • Croplands and settlements
  • Wetlands (including rivers, streams and riparian areas)
  • Others (cold desert, snow, glaciers)


Submission deadline

30 July 2021



Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best photo entries in any of the thematic categories. Winning entries will also receive a certificate.

  • Winner: USD 500
  • First runner-up: USD 300
  • Second runner-up: USD 100


Submission rules and requirements 


Entries must highlight examples or the significance of ecosystem restoration, such as the restoration of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, forests, grasslands and rangelands, biological corridors, springsheds, and other examples such as agroforestry, urban forestry, organic farming, removal of invasive species, and restoration of polluted or degraded areas. Images that tell the story of how individuals and communities are involved in restoring ecosystems that they depend on are highly encouraged. For more examples of ecosystem restoration, please refer to website of UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.



Participation in the digital photo contest is free and open to anybody anywhere in the world except to ICIMOD staff, ICIMOD consultants, and their immediate family members.

Each entrant may submit up to three entries by properly filling in the image submission form (see “How to enter”).


Terms and conditions
  • Entries must have been taken in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region of any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
  • Entries must be digital black and white or colour images, submitted in a .jpeg or .jpg format, between 3 and 10 MB in size (300 dpi). Colour images changed to black and white as well as scanned (digitized) images of non-digital photographs, negatives, or transparencies are also acceptable.
  • Each photograph must have a caption
  • Minimal cropping is permitted. Minor adjustments, including dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, and slight colour adjustments are acceptable as long as the integrity of the original photo is not compromised.
  • Entries should be the work of the entrant, and he/she must own the copyrights. Entries that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyrights, are not eligible.
  • By participating in the photo contest, the entrant grants ICIMOD and its media partners a non-exclusive right to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries and texts, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, or all other standard purposes of ICIMOD. Due credit will be given to the entrant each time his/her photo is used, wherever feasible. ICIMOD will provide a digital or print copy to the entrant (upon request) of any publication that includes his/her image(s).
  • Entrants may be requested to send in original image files of their entries.


  • Photos that were submitted to ICIMOD-organized photo contests in the past; photos that have been awarded or given honourable mentions in any photo contest, either online or in print; and photos that have already been used in print or online publications are not eligible. However, you may submit photos that you have used in your personal or social spaces such as blogs, Facebook, and Flickr.
  • Photos with watermarks or date/time are not permissible. Photos that have been digitally manipulated compromising the integrity of the originals are not eligible. High dynamic range images (HDR) and composite images are not acceptable. Minimal cropping, however, is permitted.
  • Photos that are culturally insensitive or portray subjects, especially children or minors, in the nude or compromising situations are not acceptable.
  • ICIMOD staff are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  • ICIMOD reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to tamper with the spirit of the digital photo contest; violate the above terms and conditions and exclusionary provisions; or infringe on the rights of third parties. Decisions of ICIMOD are final.


Judging criteria
  • Technical quality, clarity, composition, and visual impact
  • Overall effectiveness of the photos and accompanying captions in conveying the theme (so the choice of your subject matter and how you choose to describe or caption it are very important)
  • Novelty, flair for the unexpected, ability to capture a photo-perfect moment, “wow” factor, etc.


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