PRESS RELEASE

TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR NGOS OF THE
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS OF WEST BENGAL

20.05.2004 & 21.05.2004

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board is organising a training programme on 21st and 22nd May 2004 at Paribesh Bhaban, Kolkata, for non-government organisations (NGOs) working on protecting the environment in the state of West Bengal. The main focus of this training programme is strengthening the NGOs’ ability to undertake activities regarding environmental protection. The training programme is being organised for the NGOs who have been recently enlisted in the NGO panel of the Board.

In a bid to provide administrative and technical understanding of the core environmental issues, these newly enlisted NGOs are being trained in batches. The first training programme was organised on April 23, 2004 at Siliguri for the NGOs located in the northern districts of West Bengal. About 40 participants took part in the training programme. The basic idea of the training programmes was to sensitise the NGOs of their role in protecting the environment, help acquire awareness and knowledge, develop attitudes, skills and abilities, and participate in solving local environmental problems.

The May 19-20 training programme is expected to be attended by 145 NGOs. The training programme would address current environmental concerns, such as restriction on the use of plastic carry bags, controlling noise pollution, wetland conservation etc. During the training sessions, the WBPCB officials would impart knowledge on pollution related issues based on three perspectives: international, national and that with respect to our state. This WBPCB initiative would thus encourage grassroots and NGO environmental action, promote public participation in environmental decision-making and help the NGOs in shouldering the responsibility of communicating the WBPCB mandates to people far and wide. This would facilitate to build the capacity of local NGOs.