Ganga River Current Affairs - 2019
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Uttar Pradesh based startup HelpUsGreen has been honored by UN for its works to clean River Ganga by recycling tonnes of floral waste. UN presented the award to the 14 other countries along with India at the Nations Climate Action award ceremony during the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice.
How It Works?
The startup collects the floral waste daily from the temples. These flowers are then recycled to produce charcoal free incense, organic vermicompost and biodegradable packaging material through Flowercycling technology.
According to UN the startup flower cycled 11060 metric tonnes of temple waste by the women working with the startup. According to data, more than 800 million metric tonnes of flowers are used in temple and these flowers are thrown into the Ganga river. The river filled with lots of waste, toxins and pesticides dumped into it, eventually lead to pollution and water borne diseases.
HelpUsGreen started as world’s first profitable solution to the waste problem created by flowers in monumental temple. Total of 8.4 tons of floral waste is collected by the startup everyday from the temples in Uttar Pradesh. The startup helped 1260 women who have been supporting the startup and 19 children whose mother works at manual scavengers started going to school.
The India Water Impact Summit-2018 was held in New Delhi. It was jointly organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga).
India Water Impact Summit is annual event where stakeholders get together to discuss, debate and develop model solutions for some of biggest water related problems in the country. The discussions this year were on rejuvenation of Ganga River Basin. There was also multi-country dialogue on subject showcasing of technological innovations, research, policy frameworks and funding models from India and abroad.
Large number of Indian Central Government Ministries as well as all key decision makers responsible for delivering rejuvenation of Ganga was also present at Summit. Nearly 200 domestic and international participants from nearly 15 countries and more than 50 Central, State and Municipal Government representatives participated in the summit.
There were also sessions on afforestation and biodiversity, urban river/water management plans, creating global ecosystem for financing Ganga Rejuvenation Programme and tapping into global capital markets for long term project finance.
The summit focused on three key aspects:
- Spotlight on 5 states: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi and Bihar. Its objective was to showcase efforts and works going on within the respective states.
- Ganga Financing Forum: It was inaugural forum that brought number of institutions to common knowledge, information and partnership platform. It brought together financial institutions and investors interested in Namami Gange programmes.
- Technology and Innovation: It was pilot/demonstration programme aimed at providing opportunity to technology and innovation companies from around the world to showcase their solutions for addressing problems prevalent in river basin.