National Mission For Clean Ganga & Naula Foundation Celebrates Himalayan Day 2021 With The Theme ‘Contribution Of Himalayas And Our Responsibilities’. | Daily Current Affairs 2021

National Mission For Clean Ganga & Naula Foundation Celebrates Himalayan Day 2021 With The Theme ‘Contribution Of Himalayas And Our Responsibilities’.

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Himalayan Day 2021

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.

Key Highlights:

  • 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.

History:

  • 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.

Significance:

  • 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.

Concern:

  • 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

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