The National Environment Commission celebrated World Water Day on March 22, 2019 along the United Nations’ theme: Water for All – Leaving No One Behind, which is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation” as well as the country’s National Key Result Area 17 “Sustainable Water Ensured”.
For the thematic celebration, the National Environment Commission Secretariat in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund Bhutan, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and Thimphu Thromde planned a series of activities which took place as per the following:
On the day, more than 400 volunteers from various agencies and organizations namely the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medicinal Sciences of Bhutan, the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Thimphu Thromde, Royal Audit Authority, Royal University of Bhutan, Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality, Royal Textile Academy, United Nations, World Wildlife Fund Bhutan, Bhutan Power Corporation, Tarayana Foundation, Clean Bhutan and Taj Tashi gathered at the Tarayana Park, Chubachhu at 9:00 am. After the gathering of the participants, Honorable Secretary of the NECS gave the opening speech and the activities for the day began.
- Firstly, the awarding of prizes for the art and essay school competition took place. A total of 28 artworks and 19 essays were received from schools of Thimphu Thromde and were evaluated by NECS officials, and the winners were awarded on the day. For the art competition, Jigme Losel Primary School secured 1st position, followed by Little Dragon Primary School and Jigme Losel Primary School securing 2nd and 3rd respectively. For the essay competition, Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School secured 1st position followed by Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School and Changzamtok Middle Secondary School at a tie for 2nd position.
- Following the prize ceremony a cleaning campaign along the Wangchhu river stretch starting from Dechen Zam (Langjophaka bridge) till Lungtenzampa Bridge was conducted by the volunteers.
- Thirdly a waste exhibition was conducted near the National Land Commission office, showcasing 8.3 tons of waste collected from the stream by 914 volunteers through the past 18 cleaning campaigns organized by RSPN.
Thus, Bhutan joined the global celebration of World Water Day by directly targeting the issue of waste in our water bodies through the cleaning campaign as well as encouraging advocacy and awareness through the art and essay competition and the waste exhibition.
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