All sectors urged to reduce pollution

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 5:

Crown Prince Paras inaugurated a programme to mark the World Environment Day here today. This year’s theme is ‘Green Cities: Plan for The Planet.’ Speaking at the programme organised by the ministry of environment, science and technology (MoEST), Dr Tulsi Giri, vice-chairman of the council of minister urged all the sectors to join hands with the government in fighting pollution. “Growing urbanisation and accelerating commercialisation are the major attributors of pollution,” said Giri, adding that the United Nations theme should be put into practice. Dr Swoyambhu Man Amatya, secretary at the MoEST, said that the inadequate manpower in the environment sector is creating difficulties in implementing the policies. The ever increasing pollution has affected the agricultural produce and is triggering natural calamities, he added. Gulam Isakjai, deputy residential representative of the United Nations Environment Programme, said that this year’s theme is a timely reminder for preserving our nature for the coming generations. Millennium development goals has also emphasised on environment issues, he added.

“In 1950 about 33 per cent of the world population was concentrated in urban areas but the rapid urbanisation would have 80 per cent of the population living in urban areas by 2030,” he said, adding it is high time we think of preserving our natural resources. The Nepal Pollution Control and Environment Management Centre and the Environment and Public Health Organisation were awarded the first and second prizes of Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively for their contribution to reducing environmental pollution. The Society of Environmental Journalists and National Environment Pollution Control were jointly awarded the third prize carrying a purse of Rs 15,000. The consolation prize was bagged by the Environment and Child Concern Organisation. The Jamarko Nepal and Women Initiatives in Environment Development were given away the first and second Women Environment Award. Every year