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SDC Foundation to work with HNB Garhwal University on waste management, climate change

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Srinagar, 13 Jun: Dehradun-based Social Development for Communities (SDC) Foundation will collaborate with Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in the field of waste management, climate change, sustainable development, etc. An MoU to this effect was signed in Srinagar, Garhwal, by Garhwal University Registrar and Dean & Director, Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Studies, Prof Rakesh Kumar Dhodi and SDC Foundation’s Anoop Nautiyal.

According to this agreement, the University and SDC Foundation will work together in the field of sustainable development goals, climate change, waste management, circular economy, sustainable urbanisation and citizen engagement. Both will work together to promote scientific temper and create awareness in Uttarakhand. Along with this, social audits on citizen-centric issues will be undertaken with findings being used to aid the policy formulation process in the state of Uttarakhand.

During the agreement period, both parties will work together in the field of research, educational activities as well as disposal of solid, plastic and e-waste. The parties will work to ensure public participation in various fields. Under the MoU, dialogues, seminars, workshops, etc., will also be organised. These activities will be designed in a way that they can help in policy making in Uttarakhand and Himalayan states.

The University’s Prof Rakesh Kumar Dhodi termed the MoU agreement as being a constructive initiative. He hoped that, with the collaboration of SDC Foundation, improved outcomes could be achieved in various fields including plastic waste management and sustainable development goals, which will prove beneficial for the state and society in the coming times.

Anoop Nautiyal of SDC Foundation expressed his gratitude for being provided an opportunity to work with the only central university of the state. Srinagar is the biggest town on the Char Dham route besides being the most prominent Ganga town in the Garhwal region. He said that as a part of the MoU special focus will be in the field of plastic waste management. This also includes the establishment of a Plastic Bank in the University.

It is worth noting that SDC Foundation has established more than 130 Plastic Banks in Dehradun. SDC is executing this project with support from Airbus which is a global pioneer in the aerospace industry. Airbus is supporting this project under its Corporate Social Responsibility mandate.