Environmental Conservation Activities at Western Naval Command

June 5, 2023 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)

The Western Naval Command has been at the forefront in promoting environmental conservation activities at all stations spread across the west coast. It has been a constant endeavour to motivate personnel to imbibe the habit of protecting mother nature as part of their grooming. Over a period of time, multi-dimensional approach has been adopted towards conservation of the environment and implementation of energy conservation methods.

Naval personnel at WNC have been actively involved in rejuvenation of various mangroves along the coast at Mumbai and other stations. Community clean-ups in the neighbourhood, workshops and seminars, awareness campaigns, coastal cleanship and tree plantation drives have been undertaken by the command throughout the year. Besides this, implementation of sustainable policies, green initiatives like promoting recycling, reducing plastic consumption, adoption of renewable energy, in-house handling and recycling of bio and non-biodegradable waste, adoption of energy efficient and water saving practices have been implemented. A Miyawaki forest has been established at NAD Trombay and has been widely appreciated.

As part of #GreenIndia initiative of the Gol, various naval stations of WNC have planted local flora saplings over the year. Under #PuneetSagarAbhiyan, mass coastal clean ship drives have been undertaken along the coast of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka on numerous occasions. Awareness campaigns and clean up drives in coordination with local municipal bodies and NGOs have resulted in disposal of large quantity of plastic waste since Mar 2022.

Continuing with the Green environment initiatives, 'Beat Plastic Pollution' has been adopted as the theme by ND (Mbi). With the active involvement of WNC Parivaar, mass cleanship has been undertaken at all residential areas. Various plantation drives, lectures / seminars and painting competition are being conducted. A Pledge taking ceremony towards a greener, sustainable and healthier environment have been conducted in all Naval stations.