Indian Child Climate Activist wins prestigious “World Children Peace Prize 2019”
7-years-old Child Climate Activist from Manipur, India Ms. Licypriya Kangujam received the prestigious “World Children Peace Prize 2019” from Global Peace Index - Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia for child advocacy on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity: the devastation that could be triggered by climate change in an event organised by Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth & Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment, Government of Maldives at Maldives National University, Malè, Republic of Maldives on 31st August. Read more at https://enviroannotations.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/7-years-old-child-climate-activist-from-manipur-india-received-the-prestigious-world-children-peace-prize-2019
Navjiwan RWA, one of the most active and Environment conscious RWAs in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar Ward undertakes yet another vital and challenging issue – dealing with Single Use Plastic. SSIL (Swayam Swachatta Initiative Limited), a partner in this Campaign is supporting this campaign. Read more at https://enviroannotations.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/navjiwan-rwa-ssil-launch-ban-single-use-plastic-campaign
One day Technical Seminar was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India at Central Water Commission Auditorium, Library Building, R.K. Puram, New Delhi on 29th April 2019 on “Use of Technical Textiles in Water Resources Works”.
The seminar was chaired by Shri Masood Hussain, Chairman, CWC with Smt. T. Rajeshwari, Addn. Sect.MoWR, RD & GR, Shri N.K. Mathur, Member D&R, CWC, Shri S.L. Gupta, Director CSMRS and Shri Anuj Kanwal, Director, R&D Division, MoWR, RD & GR as other dignitaries on the dais. Chairman CWC launched the “Practice Manual on use of Technical Textile in Water Resources Works”.
Highlights of the Seminar
Technical Textiles have been used globally for last several decades. These materials have provided innovative engineering solutions for several applications in civil and geotechnical engineering, for infrastructure water resources projects. Even while Technical Textiles have been extensively used in developed as well as many developing countries, India has yet to capitalise the technical, economical and environmental benefits on large scale. Various parts of India are subjected to floods and environmental degradation is the perennial phenomenon. In some of the terrains, the flood management and control can rely on Technical Textiles tubes, containers and bags. Technical Textiles have been found to perform better than concrete as water protection component because of permeability, flexibility and ease of underwater placement. The proposed Seminar will highlight various application areas, best practices and mechanisms for encouraging larger usage of Technical Textile in Water Resources Sector. Also, it will create a platform for all the concerned stakeholders for brain-storming and creating a roadmap to take the Technical Textiles uses to the next level.
The speakers from various fora provided an insight on the following subjects:
+Standards, Benchmarking &Testing: Adopting Technical Textiles
+International Best Practices in Water Resources& Uses of Technical-textiles
+Technical-textiles for Water Resources Conservation
+Advanced methods in use of Technical Textiles
+Applications for Water Resources Protection in-Canal Lining, Embankment Dam, Flirtation / Planar Drainage, Hydraulic Barrier, Surface Reinforcement, Filtration Function, Flood Protection and Bank Erosion, Coastal Erosion, River Bed Application
+Contractual Matters related to Technical Textiles
The event is organized by R&D Division, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation with participation from High level Officials from Central Departments, State Governments, Engineering Departments of States working in Water Resources, Institutions, Colleges, Universities, Manufacturers, Associations, Trade Associations, Consultants and Contractors.
Many exhibitors like M/s Flexituff, M/s Maccaferri, M/s Suntech, M/s Skaps, M/s Techfab India, M/s Terre Armee, M/s Garware in association with partners Atira, ITTA, CBIP etc. have showcased their technologies at the Exhibition Stalls. The event was a grand success with the participation of more than 70 officials from the Central Govt., 50 officials from the State Govts, more than 50 leading manufactures and experts from renowned Govt. and private institutions by sharing their knowledge and expertise. The exhibition was attended by more than 250 visitors.
Department of Civil Engineering, JMI, New Delhi organized a three-day international conference on Smart Cities with emphasis upon its associated opportunities and challenges from 14th to 16th March 2019. The purpose of this conference was to identify various prospects and different obstructions that may come across in wholesome planning and development of smart cities. Another aim of this conference was to arrive at meaningful, practicable, and feasible solutions to overcome various impediments in the endeavor to develop smart cities. The conference ended with many important suggestions and recommendations. About 300 papers were submitted to the Conference under as many as eighteen tracks covering the almost entire spectrum of aspects related to a smart city. After a thorough review of these papers, by a large team of peer reviewers, about 110 papers were accepted for oral presentation and more than 70 papers were accepted for poster presentation. The proceedings of the Conference are to be published by Springer, a leading international publisher. The beginning of Conference took place in an Inaugural session held in the Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium, JMI. It was presided over by Prof. Shahid Ashraf, Officiating Vice Chancellor, JMI. Prof. Dr. PSN Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi was the General Chair. Shri. Vijay Kumar Dev (IAS), Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi was the Chief Guest. Shri Dev addressed the gathering wherein he emphasized upon adopting an inclusive approach in the development of smart cities with the aim of improving the overall quality of life of its citizens. Participants and guests came from different countries like USA, UK, Finland, Germany, Holland, Austria, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Indonesia and from various parts of India. The conference included five plenary sessions and as many as twenty technical sessions during these three days – with many technical sessions held parallel. A number of distinguished experts in various fields presented keynote addresses. These keynote speakers include Prof. Kamrul Hosain from Finland, Prof. Anne Feestra from Holland, Prof. Michael Krassowitsch form Austria, Prof. Lew, Prof. Andre Spindler and Prof. Christian Stangenberger from Germany. Many luminaries from India also presented keynote addresses. They include Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT), Er. Paritosh C Tyagi, Former Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Dr. Altaf Usmani, Senior Manager, Engineers India Ltd., Dr. E Madhu, Senior Principal Scientist, CRRI, Shri Ravinder Gupta (IAS) and Dr. Ashraf Iqbal from IIT, Roorkee. Apart from keynote addresses, oral and poster presentations of technical papers were made by participants. Paper contributors discussed important features of their technical papers and significant findings reported in them. These presentations were followed by discussions and in many cases thorough deliberations that have pointed at a number of key issues that need to be taken into account in the planning, development, and execution of a smart city project. The outcome of this conference in the form of significant suggestions and recommendations include: A strong vision and strategy is the key to the success of smart city projects. A smart city must be designed and developed to ensure improvement in overall quality of life. This can be achieved by adopting an inclusive approach that takes due care of citizens at all the strata of society and prioritizes their various concerns. Environment, Economy, and People are three important priorities for a smart city project, particularly in Indian perspectives. Environmental priorities include the reduction in pollution, energy consumption, and disaster management. Economic priorities encompass the efficient management of public services. Whereas, priorities with regard to people include; improving the quality of life by making cities safer and providing more accessible services. The long payback period of smart cities is another challenge. A significant initial investment may be required to develop a smart city. This can be a risky exercise for a policymaker who intends to deliver fast results with limited financial capability. Therefore, various models of funding should be explored which may include public-private partnerships or any other alternative finance mechanisms such as municipal bonds. There is a need to establish an effective institutional framework and governance mechanism that must ensure coordination among various regulatory and local bodies throughout the lifetime of the smart city project. The agency, so formed, should ideally be independent of conventional civic bodies. It should, however, be accountable to the governance body.
Finally, without negotiating the importance of creating new smart cities, there is a need to gradually and systematically transform our older cities into smart cities. This transformation, however, must not compromise with their associated age-old culture and values.
It is believed that this will be a significant contribution to the present International Conference in the development of smart cities in India and abroad.
Ahmad Azeem, PRO-Media Coordinator
Saahas along with GIZ, Coca-Cola and Tetra Pak organized a one day Knowledge sharing workshop on “Implementing Source Segregation: Best Practices and Impact” on Feb 21, 2019. The workshop brought together policy research organisations, corporate, practitioners and active citizens to share views and understand source segregation in various cities across India. The workshop also shared the key learning of ongoing programme of “Alag Karo: Har Din Teen Bin”. In this regard, a report under the pillar of RWAs along with a movie on process of Alag Karo was also released. This report documents a 10-step process to be followed in apartment for implementation of source segregation and sustain it. The case studies discussed in the report lists out factors for successes and challenges faced as well under the programme.
The event was attended by esteemed dignitaries including Shri Ritesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Vinod Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Shri Yashpal Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurugram (MCG). Swachh Bharat Ambassador, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, was the special guest at the event.
Divya Tewari, CEO, SAAHAS, said, "This was a unique program for SAAHAS as we were launching Source Segregation drive at a City level. Up until then we had done it at a smaller scale in a single colony or a village. The program had stiff targets but the team went about it very systematically, a seemingly simple idea of Source Segregation when executed at an apartment level has many operational complexities associated. We got very enthusiastic response from the citizen of Gurugram, many volunteers pitched in at their respective apartments and localities. Icing on the cake was when 14 of these communities also started on-site composting ensuring biodegradable waste got recycled inside the premises. Each apartment/school brought in new learnings and has helped us evolve a detailed step-by-step approach for implementing and sustaining Source Segregation. We appreciate the support provided from our program partners, Coke, Tetra Pak and GIZ and also MCG; the success achieved is because of the strong team work.”
The key aspects that have emerged during Alag Karo implementation in the Apartments are as follow.
Bring about overall Attitudinal Change
The participation of urban community in waste management is critically dependent on its attitude towards this issue. ‘Alag Karo’ program through its various public campaigns was able to bring about this change and raise public participation. It has also been able to instill a sense of ownership among the citizens about their city. They were also sensitised to the plight of the waste workers who had to scavenge through their mixed waste. The residents are taking responsibility of their own waste by way of source segregation.
Role of Door-to-Door collection
During the program, it was experienced that door-to-door collection of waste was critical in hitting above 90 percent levels in source segregation as the waste worker has been able to pinpoint the defaulters and give feedback to the specific residents.
Effective Information Education and Communication (IEC) for the success of the project
Interesting and engaging IEC including games and competitive activities ensured strong positive engagement with the program. This demonstrates the importance of education and publicity in the source segregation of waste.
Strong Coordination between the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) & the Volunteers in the program
Active coordination with RWA and the volunteers ensured successful implementation of the program. It also ensures its long term sustainability of the waste management programme.
In- situ composting helps in building the sustainability of the program
On-site composting of wet waste has brought out a sense of ownership and pride among the residents, as they witness ‘waste to resource’ as part of the process and have been also able to integrate waste workers in solid waste management by giving them employment.
The Alag Karo program was officially launched on 6th September 2017. By the end of Dec 2018, 24,000 households had been sensitized across 50 RWAs on source segregation and more than 1 lakh people had been sensitized through various public campaigns.
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