Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yuksom mulls over ‘Zero Waste’

GANGTOK, October 25: The Mountain Institute (TMI)-India jointly with Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee organized a pre-consultation meeting at Yuksom yesterday which was attended by Yuksom secondary school principal along with teachers, block officer (KNP), members of local tours and travel operators.
A press note informs that the meeting included the presentation on the present waste management practice at Yuksom by Kinzong (KCC) followed by a presentation on ‘Zero Waste’ concept by Nima Tashi from TMI-India. This presentation was followed by a group discussion on the key emerging issues like a need for a proper waste segregation centre, proper monitoring, awareness among service providers, and involvement of community, Community Based Organizations, Self Help Groups and other stakeholders.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting was to have an immediate consultation workshop of the stakeholders at Yuksam to decide on a proper long-term strategy for waste management. A tentative date has been fixed on November 13 and the final date, programme schedule will follow after having a discussion with some key stakeholders
An appeal has been made for all kind of support and innovative ideas from all stakeholders in making ‘Yuksom-Dzongri, a Zero Waste destination’.

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