SHILLONG, June 6: Also Monday, praise poured out for an inspired and effective environmental campaign during the week-long commemoration of World Environment Week.
At a program to celebrate World Environment Day here on Monday, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo commended the active participation of school children and other stakeholders who have done a great job in environmental activities such as plantation trips.
The program was organized by the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, the District Project Management Unit (DPMU), East Khasi Hills, and the Meghalaya Basin Management Agency (MBMA) at Don Bosco Hall, Laitumkhrah.
Laloo, who was the main guest on the occasion, acknowledged the active participation of students in various competitions organized by the DC Office, emphasizing that knowledge and awareness expressed by students through various mediums is crucial are important because they are the future.
Reminding the congregation that Environment Day is not a one-day affair but a commitment to be fulfilled every day, the DC said the district government has developed policies and ideas to engage communities, schools, colleges and religious leaders in awareness-raising and undertake activities for the benefit of the environment.
She also expressed hope that attendees will carry the message.
The DC called for a concerted effort from all individuals, stressing that government initiatives alone are not enough to protect the environment.
Noting that this year’s theme is “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature,” Laloo said that development comes at the expense of the environment, adding that the theme aims to ensure that development is compatible with a sustainable and healthy environment comes along.
She also shared that the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) will be running the Say No to Single-Use Plastic campaign and strongly advises students to inculcate the habit of saying no to single-use plastic, which is harmful to the environment.
During the day, the main guest also presented prizes and certificates to the winners of the painting, essay and debate competitions organized by the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.
In addition, the DC also presented the awards to the “Top 3 Best Performing Villages” presented by the Community Led Landscape Management Project (CLLMP) and the Meghalaya Livelihood and Access to Market Project (MLAMP).
Under the CLLMP, the Weiloi Village Natural Resource Management Committee was recognized for Best Achievement in Social Inclusion and Community Involvement, the Thainthynroh Village Natural Resource Management Committee received recognition for Best Performance in Forest Cover and Foliage Increase and the Mawkynrew Village Natural Resource Management Committee was awarded Best Achievement in Successfully Implementing Natural Resource Management Activities.
Under MLAMP, Kyiem IVCS was the Best Performer in Successfully Implementing Integrated Village Cooperatives, Laityra CMC was recognized for Best Achievement in Successfully Implementing a Collective Marketing Center, and Mawkohmon for Best Achievement in Successfully Implementing INRM (Integrated Natural Resource Management).
In the Garo Hills region, World Environment Day was celebrated a day later on Monday in various programs in the region’s districts.
As part of the observance of World Environment Day 2022, the Integrated Tribal Development Program – ITDP-V was launched at the Daji Badima playground under Chokpot C&RD Block as part of a program organized by BAKDIL, a Garo Hills-based NGO.
The project supports 200 beneficiaries from 15 remote villages with horticultural-based food crop plantations, a statement published here informs. Each of the 200 households was provided with 30 Assam Tall coconut seedlings and 50 Khasi Mandarin budding seedlings as base crops.
Cleaning trip at Malki
In line with the commemoration of Meghalaya Environment Week, a “Nature Walk with Cleanup Action” event was organized by the Meghalaya Basin Development Agency office at Khlaw Malki in Lawsohtun on Monday.
Participants who volunteered for the event braved the inclement weather to clean up the forests above the village of Malki and pick up litter that was scattered along the forest trails.