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Shimla CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Travelling Film Festival

Date: 2-4 July 2010

Venue Details
Gaiety Theatre, Mall Road, Shimla

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10:00 am - 01:30 pm Energy Conservation Drive in Shimla University Campus



10:00 am - 01:00 pm Theme: Low Carbon Practices
Junior Group: Class VI-VIII
Senior Group: Class IX-XII



10:30 am - 12:10 pm Inaugural Ceremony
12:10 am - 05:30 pm Film Screenings (Open to All)



10:30 am - 12:25 pm Film Screenings for Children
01:35 pm - 05:30 pm Film Screenings (Open to All)
08:45 am - 05:00 pm onwards CMS Environment Primer for Teachers on Low Carbon Practices
08:45 am - 05:30 pm Eco-Trips to Green Building and Natural Heritage Site



09:00 am - 05:30 pm Green Filmmaking Workshop on Low Carbon Practices

Registration for Shimla CMS VATAVARAN 2010 is Closed.

An Initiative of
CMS is an independent, not-for-profit and multi-disciplinary organisation dedicated to research-driven initiatives. It enables policy makers to make informed decisions on development and social change. CMS is recognised for its rigorous study methodologies, innovative approaches to research and for the credibility of its findings.


Organising Partner

WWF-India, is engaged in wildlife and nature conservation in the country. Established as a Charitable Trust in 1969, it has an experience of over three decades in the field. A part of WWF International, the organisation has made its presence felt through a sustained effort not only towards nature and wildlife conservation, but sensitising people by creating awareness through capacity building and enviro-legal activism.
India Principal Partner
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India’s environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country’s natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.

RNE represents the Government of Norway in India. The Norwegian Embassy’s support to the CMS VATAVARAN 2010 reflects Norway’s commitment to strengthen, intensify and further develop a mutually beneficial cooperation with India through strategic use of its resources and expertise. As stated in the Norwegian Government’s India Strategy, launched in August 2009, Norway re-affirms its commitments to strengthening the dialogue and cooperation with India on sustainable solutions to national and global environmental and climate issues.

For more information about Norway and Norwegian Embassy, please visit


In Association with

The XIX Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi from 3-14 October 2010. As the host of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the Government of NCT Delhi has committed itself to hosting a “Green Games” by inducing behavioral change towards low carbon practices and setting the environmental benchmark for organizing multi-disciplinary games in the future. Creating awareness on ‘low carbon practices’ is one of the major objectives of this Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010. UNDP-GEF’s intervention aims to develop and promote a low carbon campaign for the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a means of inducing a behavioral change amongst the citizens, athletes and visitors for the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices. The plantation drive is expected to sequester 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over a 10 year period. Additionally, as a conservative estimate, project interventions will indirectly contribute to a reduction of 252,657 tonnes of carbon dioxide over 10 years due to behavioral changes in energy use by the spectators and CWG volunteers.


Venue Partner

Department of Language Art and Culture was established in April, 1973 with the aim to preserve the rich cultural heritage. Propagation, promotion and development of languages, literature, art and culture is an integral part of the Department of Languages. Department of Language Art and Culture, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh through different activities is acting as a catalyst in preserving the rich heritage, language and culture of this state. The department is instrumental not only in literary development of the languages like Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and other Hilly dialects and regional languages but also committed to protect the rich tradition and culture of the state.


Knowledge Partner

Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies (UGC Centre of Excellence) is an autonomous centre of Himachal Pradesh University. It is located in Summer Hill, a suburb of Shimla, in the lap of magnificient North- Western Himalayas. The salubrious climate and congenial atmosphere in Shimla is ideally suited for learning and research. With the mission to create an integrated knowledge base and to evolve strategies for the development of Himalayan region and its people through research, academic courses and service with global perspectives, the institute aims to become an open house of Knowledge Sharing for initiatives both from the state and the region.


Online Partner

HimVani is an online grassroots journalism initiative with a mandate to give voice to concerned citizenry within the state and its diaspora on social and developmental issues concerning Himachal Pradesh. HimVani is a not-for-profit effort having its roots in the passion and love we feel for the state; not a mere thanksgiving but also a gesture to give back something to the state. It was initiated as a Voice of Himachal (VOH) initiative to generate public awareness and responsiveness towards development in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Vishwajeet Ghoshal, Asst. Project Manager
P: 91-11-24992597, 2652244  F: 91-11-29968282
M: 098999 79159

Field Office, Bishop Cotton School
Gate No.-2, Byepass Road, New Shimla - 171 009, HP
P: 0177-2670173, 2672173; M: 098160 26295

 Shimla: Minus a green Cover
The 414 hectare green belt in Shimla, dotted with oak, pine and rhododendron, is being assaulted by unauthorised constructions, growth of slums, influx of tourists and mounting vehicular traffic, leading to recurrent landslides in the area’s fragile mountainous terrain. An acute water crisis has also set in as a result of overcrowding. As there is no water body near the main city and the river Sutlej is 21 kms away, the government is worried. Several studies have raised an alarm on the changing weather patterns in the resorts around Shimla like Narkhanda, Kufri, Kasauli, Manali, Dharmsala, Palampur, Chamba and Dalhousie. The phenomenon of climate change is now real with glaciers receding in the north western side of the Himalayas resulting in less rain and snowfall. Experts have also noted a change in flowering and seeding patterns and a decline in crop yields due to exhausted soil, rapid loss of runoff water, siltation and eutrophication of lakes.

Will the environment master plan (aimed at becoming the first carbon neutral state in India) reverse the degradation or is it too late?

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