SHILLONG, June 6: Praises continued to pour in on Monday for an inspired and effective environmental campaign during the week-long commemoration of World Environment Week.
During a program to celebrate World Environment Day here on Monday, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo praised the active participation of school children and other stakeholders who have made excellent efforts with regard to environmental activities such as planting campaigns. .
The program was organized by the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, District Project Management Unit (DPMU), East Khasi Hills, and Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah.
Appreciating the active participation of students from the schools in various competitions organized by the DC office, Laloo, who was the guest of honor on the occasion, pointed out that the knowledge and awareness expressed by the students through various brackets are vital because they are the future.
Reminding the rally that Environment Day is not a one-day affair but a commitment that must be fulfilled every day, the DC said the district administration has developed policies and ideas to involve communities, schools, colleges, religious leaders in raising awareness and undertaking activities for the benefit of the environment.
She also expressed hope that attendees will take the message forward.
The DC called for a collective effort by all individuals, while emphasizing that government initiatives alone are not enough to safeguard the environment.
Underlining that this year’s theme is “Living sustainably in harmony with nature”, Laloo said that development comes at the expense of the environment, while adding that the theme aims to ensure that development goes hand in hand with a sustainable and healthy environment.
She also informed that the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) will implement the Say No to Single Use Plastic campaign, while strongly advising students to inculcate the habit of saying no to single-use plastic, which is harmful to the environment. .
During the day, the guest of honor also presented prizes and certificates to the winners of the drawing, essay and debate competitions organized by the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
In addition, DC also awarded the “3 Best Performing Villages” awards from the Community-Led Landscape Management Project (CLLMP) and the Meghalaya Livelihood and Access to Market Project (MLAMP).
Under the CLLMP, Weiloi Village Natural Resource Management Committee was recognized for its best performance in social inclusion and community participation, Thainthynroh Village Natural Resource Management Committee was recognized for its best performance in increasing forest cover and foliage, and the Mawkynrew Village Natural Resource Management Committee was awarded for best performance in successfully implementing natural resource management activities.
Under the MLAMP, Kyiem IVCS was the top performer in the successful implementation of the Integrated Village Cooperative Societies, Laityra CMC was awarded for the best performance in the successful implementation of the Collective Marketing Center and Mawkohmon for the best performance in the successful implementation of INRM (integrated natural resource management). ).
In the Garo Hills region, World Environment Day was celebrated a day later on Monday in different programs across districts in the region.
As part of the celebration of World Environment Day 2022, the Integrated Tribal Development Program – ITDP-V was launched at Daji Badima Playground under Chokpot Block C&RD, during a program organized by BAKDIL, an NGO based in Garo Hills.
The project is supporting 200 beneficiaries from 15 remote villages with horticulture-based food crop plantations, according to a statement posted here. Each of the 200 households received 30 coconut seedlings of the Assam Tall variety and 50 seedlings of the Khasi Mandarin variety as staple crops.
Clean-up campaign in Malki
As part of the commemoration of Meghalaya Environment Week, a ‘Nature Walk-cum-Cleaning Drive’ event was organized Monday at Khlaw Malki in Lawsohtun by the Meghalaya Basin Development Agency office.
Participants who volunteered for the event braved the inclement weather to clean up the forests above the locality of Malki, picking up litter strewn along the forest trails.