|Virtual celebrations of the World Environment Day with focus on Urban Forest on the theme Biodiversity: Key Highlights|
Virtual celebrations of the World Environment Day with focus on Urban Forest on the theme Biodiversity: Key Highlights
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5th June every year. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change celebrates WED focusing on the theme declared by UNEP and organizes several events. This year’s theme is ‘Biodiversity’. In view of the prevalent situation due to COVID-19 pandemic the ministry will be holding virtual celebrations of World Environment Day on this year’s theme theme with focus on Nagar Van (Urban Forests).
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, will grace the occasion as Chief Guest.
The event will also see participation from Minister of State of Environment Minstry Babul Supriyo,Minister (Forest), Government of Maharashtra, Sanjay Rathe, the new Secretary, Ministry of Environment, R P Gupta, DG Forests & Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification, (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiawand Executive Director United Nation Environment Programme(UNEP), Ms. Inger Ander Andersen.
India though having less land mass and more human and cattle population has nearly 8 percent of biodiversity. The country is endowed with rich biodiversity having several species of animals and plants and hosts 4 of the 35 global bio-diversity hotspots containing several endemic species. Biodiversity conservation has traditionally been considered confined to remote forest areas but with increasing urbanization a need has arisen to safeguard and save biodiversity in urban areas also.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change relaunched a scheme for creating urban forest in 200 corporations and cities because all these cities have gardens but not forest. The urban forest will help in creating and enhancing the lung capacities of these cities.