World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, the single largest celebration of our environment each year, which takes place on June 5 and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan on February 19, 2018 announced that India will be the Global Host for the World Environment Day 2018. A Letter of Intent was signed by CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Erik Solheim, Under-Secretary General, United Nations & Executive Director of UN Environment in context to this programme.
World Environment Day (WED):
World Environment Day is a UN Environment-led global event, the single largest celebration of our environment each year, which takes place on June 5 and is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide.he first World Environment Day was observed in 1973 and since then it is being held every year with different themes.World Environment Day 2018 will be celebrated across the globe with the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.’Beat Plastic Pollution’ urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.
- A week-long environmental awareness campaign and pollution mitigation activities will be held in Delhi and other parts of the country from June 1-5, 2018.involving all States and Union Territories, districts, local bodies and organizations.
- World Environment Day will be observed with the main focus on creating mass awareness about the hazards of plastic pollution.
- India will lead the initiative like from pan-Indian plastic clean-up drives in public areas, national reserves and forests to simultaneous beach clean-up activities .Through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation the Government of India has committed to organizing and promoting the World Environment Day celebrations.
- By hosting World Environment Day 2018, the Indian government is accelerating its leadership on an issue of tremendous magnitude.India is emerging as a leader, given it has one of the highest recycling rates in the world and can be instrumental in combating plastic pollution.
- WED or world Environment Day serves as a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
‘Water Quality Research’ and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’ are the two research projects jointly launched by both UK and India with the motto of upgrading clean water and clean energy.
These two projects aim to deliver mutual benefits and research solutions not only to UK and India but also to give emphasis on global sustainable development goals – clean water and clean energy. These eight collaborative research projects should bring benefits to both people and the environment.The ‘Water Quality Research’ programme has 8 projects and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’ programme has 4 projects, with joint investments.
Water Quality Research Programme:
The ‘Water Quality Research’ programme has eight projects. It is supported jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), NERC, EPSRC and ESRC in the UK.‘Water Quality Research’ programme aims to benefit people and environment. The catalogue highlighting the potential impact of the project was also launched with the title as ‘DST – The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on Water Quality Research.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC):
It is a British Research Council that supports research, training and knowledge transfer activities in the environmental sciences.Its mission is to create understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources.The Natural Environment Research Council provides training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences and also independent researches.
- India and United Kingdom on February 19, 2018 jointly launched research projects on ‘Water Quality Research’ and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment.
- A dossier highlighting India’s national efforts in Building Energy Efficiency comprising details of 30 projects was also released on the occasion.The programme was preceded by an initiation meeting of the ‘Water Quality Research’ projects, providing an opportunity for lead researchers to present their work, understand how they can work together to deliver a coherent programme and identify any research gaps or potential overlaps.
- India-UK water quality programme aims to equip local communities, policymakers, regulators and businesses with information and solutions they need to secure provision of clean water, rejuvenate rivers and restore ecosystems.
- Research focusing on improving water quality by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels led by NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and India’s Department of Science & Technology (DST).
- The programme is supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, established by the governments of the UK and India to provide a framework for increasing research and innovation collaborations that support sustainable economic growth.