Subject:   Celebrating World Environment Day (5 June 2012)
From:   “Nira Gurung” <ngurung@icimod.org>
Date:   Tue, June 5, 2012 11:45 am
To:   “Hadi Susilo ARIFIN” <hsarifin@ipb.ac.id>
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Dear Friends,
Greetings on World Environment Day 2012!

World Environment Day is an annual event that has come to be one of the biggest and
most widely celebrated global days for positive environmental action. World
Environment Day celebrations began in 1972 and have become the one of the main
vehicles the UN uses to stimulate worldwide environmental awareness and encourage
political attention and action.
The 2012 theme is Green Economy: Does it include you? The UN Environment Programme
defines green economy as one that results in improved human wellbeing and social
equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
Simply put, a green economy is one that is low carbon, resource efficient and
socially inclusive.
ICIMOD joins this great celebration by organizing and supporting some very
interesting and meaningful activities in Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Pakistan. We have
also brought out a flyer, a green economy sketch, and a World Environment Day
poster. These materials and detailed information on the activities are available on
our website at www.icimod.org/?q=7235<http://www.icimod.org/?q=7235>

I am also pleased to share a message from the Director General, Dr David Molden:
Celebrating World Environment Day (see below). It is also available on our website
at http://www.icimod.org/?q=7306

Also included below are links to newspaper articles by our colleagues, Dr Madhav
Karki, Deputy Director General, and Dr Manohara Khadka, Gender Expert (Ecosystems),
published today to mark World Environment Day.

Green shoots
By Madhav Karki
http://myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=35927
Republica Daily, 5 June  2012

World Environment Day: Women at the forefront
By Manohara Khadka
http://ekantipur.com/2012/06/05/opinion/world-environment-day--women-at-the-forefront/355087.html
The Kathmandu Post, 5 June 2012

All the best in celebrating this important day!

Best regards,
Nira
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Message from the Director General
Celebrating World Environment Day

This year's theme for World Environment Day, 'Green Economy: Does it include you?',
provides us with an opportunity to reflect on green economy. This theme underscores
the need to balance the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of
development and provide space for every section of society to play a role in
sustainable development. Although the concept of green economy is gaining currency,
the challenge remains of how to make green economy inclusive - involving all regions
of the world and all sections of society - to ensure that the benefits of green
economy are distributed equitably. In the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, the key
challenge is to make green economy relevant to women and men from poor mountain
communities, who act as stewards of critical ecosystems that provide numerous
benefits to society at large. The green economy theme is in line with the mandate
and core programmes of ICIMOD, which, with regional and international partners, has
been improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain people through better
management of natural resources and ecosystems.

About half of the world's population depends on mountains for fresh water, clean
energy, irrigation water, flood control, minerals, forest products, genetic
resources, and recreation. And half of the 34 global biodiversity hotspots are
concentrated in mountains. The HKH region alone is home to roughly 50 per cent of
the world's mountain population and provides extensive ecosystem services to large
populations downstream. Thus economic growth and sustainability in the lowlands
rely, directly or indirectly, on resources and services from mountains. However,
mountain communities do not receive full compensation for the services they provide
to society at large by conserving mountain ecosystems. Properly orchestrated
policies and instruments are central to a green economy and to harnessing the many
opportunities to improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of communities highly
dependent on the natural environment.

Green economy is an important theme for the upcoming United Nations Conference on
Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held 20-22 June in Brazil. In preparation for
Rio, ICIMOD has been promoting and expanding on the concept of green economy in the
mountain context, to ensure mountain systems and mountain communities are recognized
in the green economy at the global level. In September 2011, ICIMOD organized the
three-day 'International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain
Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20' at its headquarters in
Kathmandu. The conference resulted in the endorsement of the Kathmandu Declaration
on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development, a clarion call to recognize
the role of mountain communities in managing ecosystem goods and services and
promoting green economy in the mountains and the lowlands. The Kathmandu Declaration
established principles and policies for global, regional, and national action in
support of sustainable mountain development. Similarly, the Hindu Kush Himalayan
Regional Media Workshop on Green Economy and Climate Change Adaptation, held in
November 2011, familiarized media professionals from the region with the issues,
challenges, options, and opportunities that come along with climate change
adaptation and the promotion of green economy.

At the upcoming Rio+20 Conference, ICIMOD is organizing several events highlighting
the role of mountains in green economy and promoting the mountain agenda in order to
strengthen global commitments to sustainable mountain development; these include an
event titled 'Role of Mountains in Promoting Green Growth and Making Development
Sustainable' and a panel discussion on 'Women at the Frontline of Sustainable
Mountain Development'. ICIMOD has organized an official side event called 'Mountain
Knowledge Solutions for Sustainable Green Economy and Improved Water, Food, Energy,
and Environment Nexus'. Recognizing youth as an important segment of society, ICIMOD
is organizing the Global Youth Forum on Mountain Issues and Sustainable Actions - a
multi-stakeholder dialogue on youth engagement in sustainable mountain development.

ICIMOD joins the world in celebrating World Environment Day this year by promoting
social justice and equity in green economy. We also encourage the people of the HKH
region to play an active role taking forward the results of the Rio+20 conference to
promote socially inclusive green economy and sustainable mountain development.

With best wishes for a happy World Environment Day,
David Molden
<http://www.icimod.org/>

Nira Gurung
Communications Officer, Knowledge Management
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977-1-5003222 Ext 115 Fax +977-1-5003277 Web
www.icimod.org<http://www.icimod.org/>