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'Greater efforts needed to recharge soil, water bodies'

Dehradun: Premier educational institutions across Uttarakhand held seminars and discussions to mark World Environment Day on June 5. This year, the day is being observed under the theme of "Only One Earth" which focuses on living sustainably in harmony with nature. At the Dehradun-based Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation (IISWC), Ritu Khanduri, speaker of the state legislative assembly, highlighted the need to recharge the soil. Chief guest Khanduri said, "People should not move away from farming. Plowing helps soil and farming create livelihood as well. Besides, there should be a greater focus on recharging water bodies." 
IISWC director M Madhu, in his address, said, "Just like experts in the western ghats, we should also determine which plant species work the best for Uttarakhand. This will help us conserve our degrading forests."
Several former bureaucrats, social workers, and scientists attended the IISWC event. Meanwhile, at the Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI), director Richa Mishra also emphasized the need for environmental conservation. "We all are deeply interlinked with nature. This year's Environment Day theme-Only One Earth- stresses the need for protecting air, water, and soil for our well-being and to save the planet," she said. At Wildlife Institute of India, also in Dehradun, chief guest and Uttarakhand director-general of police Ashok Kumar talked about the rich biodiversity in India.
The WII event was organized as part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence.
Meanwhile, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, in his message, said,"People should be "vocal for local" to promote organic and indigenous products". Additionally, the CM directed state authorities to ensure that each district has 75 wetlands. The event at the CM house was attended by state forest minister Subodh Uniyal and other senior officers of the state government.

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