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Green drive for resources

Shillong, Dec. 5: The ambitious Green Campaign in Meghalaya seeks to take up the agenda of Harmonised, Economic and Ecological Development (HEED) in the state with the involvement of people at the grassroots.

The campaign is under the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme.

A stakeholders’ conclave on the campaign was held at the State Convention Centre today in the presence of chief minister Mukul Sangma.

The campaign focuses on sensitisation of natural resource users across the state.

Deputy commissioners in all the 11 districts will form and chair a green campaign committee with dedicated officials from the line departments and committed institutions as members to facilitate the campaign.

Villages will be encouraged to prepare action and investment plans and initiate action for convergence at micro-watershed, sub-watershed and watershed level with a view to procuring the way for emergence of people for a dialogue, collaboration and collective management.

During the campaign, the process for registration and capacity of green volunteers and green ambassadors covering all the 2,776 micro-watersheds, 595 mini-watersheds, 179 sub-watersheds, 35 watersheds, eight sub-catchments, three catchments and two basins will be initiated.

“The campaign will be a meeting of minds to see how the government, traditional institutions, local institutions and stakeholders can come together, not only to understand the predicament we face together, but also to act and secure our future,” a government official said.

The official said the campaign will lead to achievement of certain milestones such as setting up of community nurseries, tree plantation, and community resolutions for environmental protection on June 5, 2014, celebrated as World Environment Day.

The deliverables of the campaign include conservation and protection of land, water, flora and fauna resources. They also comprise maintenance and management of the catchment areas of water resources as also the quality of water; conflict resolution through social resolutions/agreement; knowledge sharing, empowerment and skill development to facilitate taking up of green enterprises.