- Blue Flag Certification Programme- Odisha beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag
- The Chandrabhaga beach on the Konark coast of Odisha became first in Asia to get the Blue Flag certification.
- It awarded the honour on World Environment Day on June 5.
- Twelve more beaches in the country are being developed by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM), an Environment Ministry’s body working for the management of coastal areas, in accordance with the Blue Flag standards.
- Among them are the Chiwla and Bhogave beaches in Maharashtra and one beach each from Puducherry, Goa, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- The Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its stringent standards.
- The Blue Flag is a trademark owned by FEE which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60-member countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia, North America and South America.
- The Environment Ministry embarked on the Blue Flag project in December 2017.
Blue Flag standards
- To achieve the Blue Flag standards, a beach must be plastic-free and equipped with a waste management system.
- Clean water should be available for tourists, apart from international amenities.
- The beach should have facilities for studying the environmental impact around the area.
- The standards were established by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in 1985.
Source- The Hindu
- Govt launched ‘Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan’ to help farmers in Aspirational Districts to raise their income
- The Agriculture Ministry in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has launched the “Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan” from 1st June to 31st July 2018.
- Under the scheme, farmers in select villages will be given assistance and advice on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.
- The scheme aims to help farmers in 25 villages with more than 1,000 population each in 111 Aspirational Districts identified in consultation with Ministry of Rural Development as per directions of NITI Ayog.
- Farm science centres called Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) will coordinate and implement the programme.
- As many as 111 officers have also been made in-charge of one district each for overall coordination and field level monitoring.
- These officers have been selected from subordinate/attached/autonomous organizations/PSUs etc of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
- The government launched ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ – Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin
- Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers launched the ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’, the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).
- The affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs across India.
- This unique product would ensure Affordability, Hygiene as well as Ease of use and disposal for them.
- Unhygienic aids cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection, Urinary Tract Infection, Cervical cancer and also make women vulnerable to infertility.
- Jan Aushadhi Suvidha comes with a special additive, which makes it biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded.
- This would ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged Women of India and go a long way in the achievement of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Affordable and Quality Healthcare for All.
- Ganga Praharis to Boost Bio-Diversity conservation to educate, motivate and ensure the protection of aquatic species of river Ganga
- A new grassroots-level volunteer workforce is out to protect the biodiversity of river Ganga called Ganga Praharis.
- A group of trained volunteers are reaching to each and every house in areas along river Ganga to educate them about the importance of protecting river’s biodiversity.
- They are spread over Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
- Ganga Praharis of the five main stem Ganga basin states will be linked through mobile applications such as Bhuvan Ganga app, my gov app and Swachhta app thereby creating a broad network among them.
- Roped-in by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun as part of the “Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation” project being sponsored by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the aegis of the Namami Gange programme.
- These Ganga Praharis are well trained in the ecological monitoring of Ganga aqua life, plantation techniques, awareness creation and community mobilization.
- Ganga Praharis are playing a crucial role in reporting and rescuing of aquatic wildlife in distress, reporting of illegal activities like poaching etc.
- Centre to start measuring ‘green GDP’ of States
- India’s environmental diversity and riches are universally recognised but have never been quantified.
- Starting this year, the government will begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data of the country’s environmental wealth.
- The numbers will eventually be used to calculate every State’s ‘green’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- The metric will help with a range of policy decisions, such as compensation to be paid during land acquisition, calculation of funds required for climate mitigation, and so on.
- A pilot project is set to begin this September in 54 districts.
- The land will be demarcated into “grids” with about 15-20 grids per district.
- These will capture the diversity in the State’s geography, farmland, wildlife, and emissions pattern, and will be used to compute a value, she added.
- The government has also launched a ‘green skilling’ programme under which youth, particularly school dropouts, would be trained in a range of ‘green jobs’— as operators of scientific instruments used to measure environmental quality, as field staff in nature parks, and as tourist guides.
- Green GDP is a term used generally for expressing GDP after adjusting for environmental damage.
Source- The Hindu
- Navy sends ship to Socotra island in Yemen to rescue 38 stranded Indians
- Around 38 Indians are stranded in and around Socotra island in Yemenafter a cyclone “Mekunu” hit the area and the Indian Navy has launched an operation to rescue them.
- The Navy has already deployed its ship INS Sunayna as part of the ‘operation Nistar‘ to evacuate the Indians.
- INS Sunayna, which was deployed in Western Arabian Sea, is now heading towards Socotra for the humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operation.
Source- Times of India