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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Environment: Indian Prez appeals for conserving natural resources

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 19 June ( On the World Environment Day, Indian President Pratibha Patil has called for greater efforts at ecologically sustainable development. International community, she told an audience which assembled at Rashtrapati Bhavan to witness the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskaar (IGPP) awards, is currently engaged in the process of negotiations on climate change. It is a challenging issue. Eradication of poverty and the imperatives of economic and social development are equally important. One is not to the exclusion of the other. The over-riding priority for developing countries is sustainable development and environment.

Underlining that the campaign demands financial resources and technology transfer, the Indian President said developed and developing countries should work together and come up with cost effective technological innovations.

Referring to theme for the World Environment Day this year, "Your Planet needs you - Unite to respond to climate change", President Patil said she said that the new theme is a reminder of the need for collective efforts to tackle the threats from climate change. ‘This challenge impacts each one of us in our habitats and affects our way of life’.

She quoted a ‘shloka’ from Varaha Purana to drive home the message that as long as there are mountains and green forests on Earth, till then we and our future generations will survive and live happily.

President presented Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskaar (IGPP) to eminent to organizations and individuals who made a major impact in the protection of environment. For the year 2006, Bongaigaon Refinery and Petro-chemicals Limited, Assam and 130 Infantry Battalion (TA), Ecological, Uttrakhand were the joint recipients of the award in organization category. Dr. J. Raghav Rao from Chennai, Tamil Nadu and S. Annapurna from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh received the award in the individual category.

IGPP Awards for the year 2007 went to BAIF Institute of Rural Development, Tiptur, Karnataka and Antyoday Nirbal Durbal Shoshit Mahila Evam Bal Kalyan Samiti, Luknow, Uttar Pradesh in the organization category.

Afzal Khatri and Nusrat Khatri from Mumbai jointly and Dr. Rachna Gaur, Rajsamand, Rajasthan got award in individual category.

The Young Environmentalist of the Year 2009 Award went to Master Aviral Saxena, a Class X student of Jawaharlal Nehru School, Bhopal. He received Rs. 10,000 in cash, a trophy, a certificate, a medal and a scroll. The selection was made on the basis of National Level Written Quiz Competition held on April 22 to mark the ‘Earth Day’.

New flora and fauna have been ‘discovered’ last year. Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have published these findings. Copies of ‘Animal Discoveries – 2008’ and ‘Plant Discoveries – 2008’ have been presented to President Patil.

The ZSI’s scientists have discovered 37 new species where one each is from Nepal and Sri Lanka. Two scientists outside ZSI have also contributed to new species and one new record of sea spider from India. Scientist from BSI and other institutions discovered three genera, 108 species, fourteen sub-species, twelve varieties and one forma as new to science. Twenty-Four species and three varieties have been discovered as new records for Indian flora.

-Asian Tribune -.

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