Himalayan Day 2021: Himalayan Day is celebrated on the 9th of September every year particularly in Uttarakhand.
- The day is celebrated to create and spread awareness on the conservation of the Himalayan Ecosystem.
- Himalayan Diwas 2021 was organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in association with Naula Foundation.
- The theme for the year 2021 is ‘Contribution of the Himalayas and our responsibilities’.
- The event was part of the ongoing celebration of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
- Proceedings of ‘Stakeholders Webinar on Pahad-Paani-Parampra’ were released at the event.
- Himalayan Day was first observed in Uttarakhand in 2010 as an initiative of a group of noted environmentalists including Sunderlal Bahuguna, Anil Prakash Joshi and Radha Behen.
- It was officially declared as Himalaya Day in 2015 by the then-Chief Minister.
- The Himalayas plays an important role to save and sustain nature and protect the country from adverse weather conditions.
- The Himalayas are a source of medicinal plants which makes Ganga water special and gives life to not only Ganga but many smaller streams
- The Himalayan range is also responsible for rain besides being a rich repository of floral and faunal biodiversity.
- Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, NMCG raised concerns over unplanned urbanization in the Himalayas.
- He said that the Himalayan hill towns face several challenges because of poor building planning & designs, poor infrastructure (roads, sewage, water supply, etc), and unprecedented cutting of trees.
- This, in turn, causes serious ecological issues.
- He added that there was an urgent need to develop eco-sensitive hill town plans and designs