Dehradun: On the auspicious occasion of 11th Himalayan Day, all the team members of MAATY took a pledge to conserve and protect the great Himalayan mountain range. As the theme of this year was “The Himalaya and Nature”, they took the pledge by saying, “We all are already aware of this fact that our existence is possible only because of the pre-existence of Himalayas. Since the Himalayas are the natural watchdog of the land, the origin of the exclusive perennial rivers, and the source of precious herbs so it is the prime responsibility of each one of us to protect the degradation of this precious entity by the best possible ways”. Though the Himalayan Day has been celebrated since 2010, after the flash floods held in Kedarnath valley in the year 2013 in Uttarakhand, an official announcement regarding the celebration of this day on 9th September every year was made.
The team members of the MAATY Biodiversity Conservation and Societal Research Organization have celebrated Himalayan Day by conducting a visit to Tamsa River, Near Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple (Dehradun, Uttarakhand) which lies in the lap of nature. It was not only the mesmerizing beauty of this iconic place that has attracted to it but also the availability of abundant flora and fauna. The team has collected and identified a few important plants and small insect species near this river.
Dr. Ankita Rajpoot, the co-founder and Secretary of MAATY, has discussed the relevance of these identified plants and insects to all members. She also emphasized the need to conserve and protect these small plants and insects as they play vital role in maintaining the ecological balance.
Dr. Ved P. Kumar, the founder of MAATY, has conducted an interactive session with all members of the team regarding the biodiversity of this place (Tamsa River). He talked about the primary productivity of this river, the anthropogenic factors which are affecting the productivity and quality of this river. He also discussed the relevance of the Himalaya as how have been these mountains are acting as habitat for many plant and animal species. He also focused upon how the destruction in the Himalayan belt may lead to habitat fragmentation, which can cause deterioration to Himalayan flora and fauna. “These Himalayas highly influence the climate of India and save our country from the cold and dry winds coming from Central Asia. It also prevents the rain-laden monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean from crossing over to Northern countries and causes heavy rainfall in Northern India” he said.
Dr. Sadhna Awasthi, a Project scientist at MAATY, also interacted with all the members regarding the water quality and the factors affecting the WQ of Tamsa River. She also covered the various aspects of water pollution and eutrophication which can degrade the quality of any water body.
Team members of MAATY namely Ms. Anupriya, Ms. Pratiksha, Ms. Shefali, and Ms. Shweta have also organized a small poetry session in the vicinity of nature, where a few among all recited poems related to the Himalayas.
MAATY organization deeply believes in the fact that “HIMALAYA HAIN TOH HUM HAIN”. “So it is our concern to protect the Himalayas in the name of economic development and by doing so we can save the shelter of many wild animals and can prevail the existence of rich floral diversity”, said one of the member of the organization.