The project to Develop a community participative model for scientific management of municipal solid wastes in EKW was launched in Hyatt Regency on 21 st December 2011 in the presence of Principal Secretary, Dept. of Environment, Govt. of West Bengal - Raj Pal Singh Kahlon.
The programme started with the students of Class XII of Sukanta Nagar Vidya Niketan High School taking an oath to protect the environment of East Kolkata Wetlands, guided by their teacher Mr. Uttam Kumar Chottapadhay. An introduction of the initiative was made by Mr. Marc Lorenz General Manager followed by a brief note form Mr Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Secretary, Nature Environment & Wildlife Society. The principal secretary Mr. Raj Pal Singh Kahlon Commented on the importance of EKW as a Ramsar Site and appreciated the need and designs of such projects and assured all kind of help from the Government. Ms. Ajanta Dey , the project director of Nature Environment & Wildlife Society stressed on the participatory approach and the necessity of a new paradigm of public-private-NGO engagement in the complex dynamics of our society. Mr. Animesh Kar, Project Co-ordinator (R &D) explained the project in brief through a PowerPoint presentation. Leading press and electronic media came to cover the event.
Hyatt Thrive, the company's global corporate responsibility program has a key component - Hyatt Community Grants, to support one of Hyatt's four philanthropic pillars – Environmental Sustainability, Education & Personal Advancement, Economic Development & Investment, or Health & Wellness; Hyatt Regency Kolkata has awarded Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) with a significant grant to further the organization's efforts in Environmental Sustainability.
Hyatt Community Grants encourages hotels around the world to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration through Hyatt Hotels Foundation. The program builds on Hyatt's belief that no one better understands a community's most pressing issues – and their solutions – that those that live and work there.
“We are honored to support Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Mr Marc Lorenz, General Manager- Hyatt Regency Kolkata. “It is a top priority for us to be active participants in our area, and Hyatt Community Grants gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city.”
“Receiving this grant is a great honor, and we are thankful that Hyatt Regency Kolkata nominated our organization to be the recipient of this generous donation,” said Biswajit Roy Chowdhury , Secretary , Nature Environment & Wildlife Society . “We know this grant will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals of Project”
Develop a community participative model for scientific management of municipal solid wastes in EKW
Surveys to understand the existing waste disposal practices and build a scientific management plan on it
Building campaigns among the different stakeholders like Community at household level, Municipal waste collectors, buyers of wastes, fishermen's co-operative, School children, Local clubs, Shopkeepers, Hyatt green team and NEWS team
Aware and generate action in developing segregation techniques at community household level
Establish linkages between identified stakeholders
Spread awareness and explore generation of entrepreneurial activities e.g. vermicomposting, bio gas, jute bag, paper bag making etc.
Build mutual trust and confidence with the community
Uphold the social and environmental commitment of Hyatt Regency
Health monitoring camps at two stages to identify the change
Project the viability, sustainability for replicability of the model at policy level in the form of a publication/film