New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): The nation will commemorate the World Environment Day today along with all the nations of the World.
The theme this year reflects the urgency for nations to take adaptation and mitigation measures to address climate change consistence with the policy of sustainable development and reach agreed outcomes at the crucial climate convention meeting slated in Copenhagen in December 2009.
The day has been marked by the United Nations to observe as World Environment Day to give a human face to environmental issues, empower to become agents of sustainable and equitable development, promote to change attitude regarding the environment and advocate partnership between each human being and each society to ensure a safer and more prospers future.
The World Environment Day is being celebrated since 1974 every year.
Different themes have been declared to tackle various issues to protect environment. For international exposition, a host city has also been selected since 1987.
Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (Independent charge ) will preside over the function. Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives and President, IUCN and Club of Rome will deliver keynote address.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has organized a function where the President will give awards for conservation and preservation of environment, Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskars (IGPP) , Young environmentalist of the year award- 2009 on this occasion.
This environmental hero has been selected by the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from the class 8th to 12th who often go unrecognized after competitions. The prize recognize individual for sustain and significant affords to protect and Hanes environment
The IGPP will be also given to individual and to organizations. This award is given in recognition to those who had made major impact of environment this year. IGPP award will be given for the year 2006 and 2007.The ministry has awarded 35 IGPP awards since 1987.
New discoveries of flora and fauna recorded during the year 2008 will be released today.
The scientists of Botanical Survey of India and other institutions discovered 3 genera, 108 Species 48 sub species, 12 verities, and 1 forma and new to science and 24 spices and 3 verities as new records for Indian flora.
Scientists at Zoological Survey of India discovered 37 new species and 9 new records from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. These books are Plant Discoveries- 2008 and Animal Discoveries -2008.
To encourage original writing in Hindi on environmental subject, the ministry gives 4 annual awards since 1987. The first, the second, and the third winners are given Rs. 31000 and 25000 and Rs 20000 respectively. One consolation award is also given with Rs 15000. The awardees also get citation. (ANI)