On the auspicious occasion of 11th Himalayan Day, all the team members of MAATY took pledge to conserve and protect the great Himalayan mountain range. As the theme of this year was “The Himalaya and Nature” 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 best possible ways. Though the Himalayan Day has been celebrated since 2010, but 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 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 have attracted us towards it but also the availability of abundance flora and fauna. Our team have collected and identified a few important plant 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 on the need to conserve and protect these small plants and insects as they paly vital role in maintaining the ecological balance.
Dr. Ved P. Kumar, the founder of MAATY, has conducted an interactive session with all members of our 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 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 Himalayan belt may lead 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.
Dr. Sadhna Awasthi, 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 Himalayas.
As we all know that biodiversity of Himalayan zone is very rich and such ecosystems are very productive in nature, but due to various natural as well anthropogenic activities these are on the verge of destruction so it is the high time to understand the fact that we should always keep this in our mind that we need to minimize all such activities which directly or indirectly harms the Himalayas.
MAATY deeply believe in the fact that “HIMALAYA HAIN TOH HUM HAIN”. So it is our concern to protect 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.