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Environment Improvement Drive - Improvement through participatory actions @ WED 2019

Plantation Drive in progress

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. On the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day on 5th June 2019, the SIDCUL Manufacturers Association Uttarakhand (SMAU) kick started "Environment Drive" in the Haridwar in cooperation with its member industries. The objective of this activity was to increase outreach and to create awareness on cleanliness and environmental issues, such as waste removal, development and maintenance of green areas at IIE Haridwar through various participatory approaches.

Plantation drive took place at SIDCUL Manufacturers Association Uttarakhand (SMAU) Park, the space allocated to be developed into a park in IIE Haridwar. Although SMAU was putting efforts to develop the park with contribution from member industries and did plantations in past as well, the management of park remained an issue. SMAU took the responsibility of arranging the 200 plants from the member industries and owned the responsibility of initiating and sustaining the efforts for the park development. All parties agreed to give their voluntary and participatory contribution to tackle the existing problems. The World Environment Day (June 05, 2019) was chosen to start off the efforts towards the direction of Green Park development in IIE Haridwar.

Cleanliness activity was also taken up by SMAU with SIIDCUL and GIZ through support of Akanksha organisation to clean up the waste dump at open ground (Apprx. 5 acre) adjacent to Harki Paudi ghat area in Haridwar.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harindra Garg, Chairman, SMAU appreciated the voluntary efforts of the industries association SMAU of the Haridwar, its member industries, SPMG and SIIDCUL for targeting environmental improvement and said that SMAU sincerely welcomes such actions for the sake of environment. The drive is expected to continue for a month for better awareness and achieving results on the ground.