IMI, RMDD and Zero Waste Himalaya to conduct workshop on waste management

Gangtok, 10 May:

Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) in collaboration with Rural Management and Development Department, Government of Sikkim and Zero Waste Himalaya is organizing a two-day workshop to discuss the issues of waste in Sikkim and other Himalayan States of the country.

A press release from CEO, Eco-Tourism & Conservation Society Of Sikkim [ECCOS] informs that the workshop is being organized as part of a series of events leading to World Environment Day (WED) on 05 June.

The theme for World Environment Day this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the release reads.

“This is a great recognition of the plastic waste problem, especially that of single-use plastic. More importantly, it is a call for governments, industries, NGOs, communities and individuals to come together and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our environment, and threatening human health, and to move towards sustainable alternatives,” the release reads.

India is the global host of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ World Environment Day, 2018.

World Environment Day, this year is scheduled to hold series of events including a workshop on Zero Waste in Gangtok, Himalayan Cleanup Campaign and a day-long event in Delhi as part of World Environment Day.

The two-day workshop in Gangtok with representatives from 12 mountain States is being organised with the objectives to understand mountain stories on existing best practices on waste, enhance knowledge and sharing on National and State waste policies contextualise it for the mountains and identify gaps and challenges, develop a plan for the Clean Himalaya Campaign at the State /regional level with focus on single use disposable plastics, generate ideas for the WED workshop in Delhi and identify areas of work and intervention beyond World Environment Day for each State

Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), PD Rai and Harshad Barde are scheduled to address the workshop.

The workshop aims to decode the WED theme and introduce participants to plastic free campaigns from across the globe. Subsequently, another highlight of the workshop shall be the growing importance of Zero Waste and its fundamentals, reads the release.

Pan-Himalayan Cleanup is also scheduled to take place on the 26 May where various organizations, schools, NGOs, government bodies and other stakeholders will be involved to clean polluted sites.