Environment Current Affairs 2018

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ICFRE inks two MoUs to launch Prakriti programme

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) to launch ‘Prakriti’ programme. The two MoUs have been signed for a period of 10 years.

MoUs signed

These MoUs aim to make Indian youth more sensitive towards national and global issues of environment and help them become responsible citizens. It also seeks to mobilise cadre of youth for raising a peoples’ movement, which is committed to the conservation of forest and environment. The collaboration forged through these MoUs will enable transfer of knowledge to students and teachers of KVS and NVS on environment, forest, environmental services and contemporary areas of forestry research through lectures and interactive sessions by ICFRE scientists.

Prakriti programme

The main objective of Prakriti programme is to provide platform for school children to learn practical skills towards sustainable use of resources. It also aims to promote awareness about forests and environment and stimulate interest among students of KVS and NVS in maintaining balanced environment. It also seeks to provide students with skills that reflect care and protection towards forests, environment and society.

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)

It is autonomous organization under Ministry of Environment and Forests. It is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Its functions are to conduct and promote forestry research, transfer technologies developed to states of India and other user agencies and to impart forestry education. It has 9 research institutes and 4 advanced centres to cater to research needs of different bio-geographical regions.

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India’s first National Environment Survey to kick off in 2019

India’s first ever National Environment Survey (NES) will be kicked off in January, 2019 to map environment data of 55 districts across 24 states and 3 Union Territories. The NES will rank all districts on their environmental performance and document their best green practices based on various environmental parameters. The earliest first set of complete green data from this survey will be available in 2020.

1st National Environment Survey (NES)

The first NES will be carried out by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) through Environmental Information System (ENVIS) and its hubs and resource partners across the country. It will be done through grid-based approach, using grids measuring 9×9 km to collect comprehensive data on various environmental parameters. These parameters will include air, water, soil quality; solid, hazardous and e-waste; emission inventory; forest & wildlife; flora & fauna; wetlands, lakes, rivers and other water bodies. It will also assess carbon sequestration potential of all the districts across the country.

Significance

The green data from this survey will provide important tool in hands of policy-makers for decision making at all levels – district, state and national. The survey will fully map and create emission inventory, provide valuation of ecosystem services and collate research in the field of environment. Initially the survey will be focusing on 55 districts and later will be scaled up to all districts in the country. The skilled manpower required for the survey will be provided from persons skilled and trained under MoEFCC’s Green Skill Development Programme.

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