Nations World Environment Day was celebrated at the UN premises
on Friday, 5th June 2015 from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. UNDP had
invited all staff members of UN Agencies to participate. The GEF/UNDP
Small Grants Programme (SGP), Centre for Environment (CEE) was
asked to join hands by putting up the Green Haat (market place);
who invited seven NGO partners to display products focussed to
improve sustainability of poor marginalized communities in
protected area systems; reduce threats to biodiversity; and
mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity into
production landscapes/seascapes and sectors.
Walter, Deputy Country Director Marina cut the ribbon to open
the Green Haat for the participants. She welcomed and thanked
all the NGOs and the staff from UN agencies for gathering to
celebrate the World Environment Day. She emphasized on the need
for the individuals to show the responsibility for saving the
environment and to contribute to the protection of the planet.
She emphasized on the theme “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet.
Consume with Care”, added to the voice of The United Nations
Secretary-General, that, we can do this by shifting our
consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water
and other resources, and by wasting less food. She also added in
India we should spread the message far and wide. She also added
we need to focus through the SGP to address the ‘prevailing
poverty-deepening environmental degradation’, climate change,
local governance issues, institutional and policy frameworks,
etc and much appreciated the role GEF/UNDP, SGP and CEE has
undertaken to address these issues through projects sustainable.
Mr. P.S. Sodhi,
Country Programme Manager, GEF/UNDP provided his view-point on
the action-based approach adopted by the GEF/UNDP SGP program at
the grass-roots level for the protection of the environment,
promoting local institutions largely of women in taking measures
for sustainable consumption and production systems. Ms. Krishna
Bisht from Mahila Haat spoke about the importance to be provided
to the Himalayas which are a source of most of the Indian rivers
emanating from it. The need to conserve the forests and using
environment-friendly technologies was emphasized by her for
protecting the planet and local resources. She shared that
through SGP Mahila Haat are strengthening the local women groups
to conserve local resources, process them and link them to
Mr. Nathu Ram
from Jagriti, Kullu gave an overview how the women self help
groups help in reducing pressure on forests in the Himachal
Pradesh and how the natural resources from the nearby areas are
sustainably harvested and linked to local people's livelihood
under the GEF/UNDP SGP-supported project.
smiley-flags with a variety of messages on keeping the
environment clean, being sensitive to protect forests, low
carbon lifestyles, were handed over to all the participants for
putting up in their offices and on their seats and reminding
each one to adopt them in their day to day life.
the Day, Mr. Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of
Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Marina released a newly
developed brochure on the GEF/UNDP SGP project, Foundation for
Ecological Security for “Strengthening Conservation and
Livelihood in Kumbhalgarh, in Rajasthan”. He added that over the
years, unsustainable practices such as deforestation, fire and
overgrazing have been both cause and consequence of the
livelihoods crisis among tribal and rural communities living in
and we have to now adopt the community approaches to protect our
natural resources, land and water resources. Focus more through
SGP in checking unsustainable commercial extraction in the
protected areas. Congratulated one and all and the GEF SGP.
The Green Haat
was then opened to all present who made brisk purchases to
support the work of women self help groups and also displayed
environment-friendly products of day-to-day use in the common
households. The participants were in a joyous mood and showed
great interest and interacted with the NGO partners to acquaint
themselves more with the SGP activities. Many voiced and
appreciated the works of the GEF SGP and shared views on complex
set of factors (intensive agriculture, extensive use of
fertilizers, depleting water resources, recurrent drought, high
human and livestock demand for food, fodder and firewood)
further aggravates the situation.
brochures of SGP projects were displayed in plenty, and UN
Agencies staff interacted with one all. The entrance of the UN
premises displayed different placards with a variety of messages
on how to protect the environment. The standis of GEF/UNDP SGP
were placed at the entry to the UN Conference Hall where the
stalls were put up by the NGO partners. The banners of each NGO
were displayed on each of the stalls.
participants kept pouring in throughout the day and the NGOs
made a good sale of more than Rs.75,000 (roughly US $1200).
Nearly 200 people came to the program.