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Advisories launched on World Environment Day by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

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  • June 9, 2020
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Advisories launched on World Environment Day by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Environment

In News:

  • Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs recently launched advisories on the occasion of World Environment Day.

Key takeaways 

  • These advisories are: 
    • Advisory on Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
    • Advisory on Landfill Reclamation 
    • Draft advisory on On-site and Off-site Sewage Management Practices.
  • These advisories have been prepared by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
  • These are part of an effort to find and facilitate sustainable solutions to some of the key problems which prevent holistic sanitation and solid waste management. 
  • A toolkit for a communication campaign on faecal sludge management titled ‘Malasur- The Demon of Defeca’ was also released.
  • It aims at heightening the risk perception of faecal sludge.

Important value additions 

World Environment Day 

  • It is celebrated on 5th June every year.
  • This year’s theme is ‘Biodiversity’.
  • In India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change held virtual celebrations on this year’s theme with focus on Nagar Van (Urban Forests)
  • It relaunched a scheme (Nagar Van Scheme) for creating urban forest in 200 corporations and cities because all these cities have gardens but not forests. 
  • The forests shall come up either on existing forest land or on any other vacant land offered by urban local bodies.
  • Wajre Urban forest in Pune, Maharashtra has been developed on a 40 acre degraded land area. It sets right model for Nagar Van scheme. 
  • The urban forests will help in reducing pollution in these cities. 

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