SUBJECT : Observation of World Environment Day 2021 

Observation of World Environment Day 2021

by State ENVIS Hub, Centre for Environmental Studies,

Forest, Environment & Climate Change Department, Odisha


Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day, this day makes us aware of our responsibilities and responsibilities towards the environment. The theme of World Environment Day for the current year is "Ecosystem Restoration" which calls for the restoration of the decaying or decaying Ecosystem. This year a webinar has been organized by the State ENVIS Hub, Center for Environmental Studies under the Department of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Government of Odisha.

Message from the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha and Hon’ble Minister, Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Odisha on June 5, 2021

Invitation Card of the Webinar


Webinar on 05.06.2021

On 5th June 2021, the Centre for Environmental Studies organized the Webinar through Online Zoom at 11.00 am on the theme of World Environment Day “Ecosystem Restoration”.

 Joining as Hon’ble Chief Guest in the webinar Shri Sisir Ratho, IFS, 
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF
, highlighted various
environmental issues, remedies and initiatives and calling for individual efforts.
He told that our State has faced frequent cyclones which damage our ecosystem. However, we have learned many things from these natural events and strengthened our preparedness system to reduce the impact. Due to proper management we have saved many lives for which State has been an example in the World. Our State has given prime focus on ecosystem improvement through massive plantation programs and awareness as well. Great initiatives have been taken in eco-tourism sectors by developing number of ecotourism sites.He also commended the various 155 organisations and 168 individuals who are awarded as Prakruti Mitra and Prakruti Bandhu respectively for their outstanding work in the field of environmental protection.

Hon’ble Guest of Honour, Shri Sushant Nanda, IFS, Director, Environment-cum-Special Secretary, briefed on the need for Ecosystem Restoration by sharing various steps taken by the Department of Forests, Environment and Climate Change.

He highlighted that our State is encouraging every individual and organization to create interest in the field of environment protection and best practices are being awarded as Prakruti Mitra & Prakruti Bandhu Awards in each block. This year, 155 organisations & 155 individuals are being awarded as Prakruti Mitra & Prakruti Bandhu  with certificate of appreciation along with cash award of Rs.20,000 & Rs.10,000 respectively. On this occasion it is an appeal to every citizen to join their hands in protecting and conserving environment.


Hon’ble Guest of Honour, Dr. K. Murugasan, IFS, Member Secretary of the Odisha State Pollution Control Board, stressed upon the importance of environmental protection by giving various examples related to the theme.

Joining as the Hon’ble Guest of Honour, Dr. B.K. Patnaik, IFS (Rtd.) Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) spoke in details and raised awareness on how environmental protection is possible with the cooperation of all.

Hon’blr Guest of Honour, Dr. Chinmay Pradhan, Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Botany, Utkal University, presented in his speech the environmental problems of the mining area and the success of various environmental improvements.

In the beginning, Shri Prem Kumar Jha, IFS, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies-cum-ENVIS Coordinator, gave a welcome address and highlighted on how to maintain the balance of today’s environment and the role and success of various eco-clubs in environmental protection. He also highlighted the Green Skill Development Prgramme and various awareness activities involving local communities under ENVIS Programme of MoEF&CC.

At the end, Sri Pravat Mohan Dash, Programme Officer, ENVIS thanked the various officials, eco-club teachers and nature lovers of all the districts who attended the event in large numbers.
Source: Odisha ENVIS Centre