GIWA Launches Mass Tree Plantation to Prevent Landslides and Floods

The inauguration of a new International Memorial Garden (Smriti Van), which will contain indigenous and sacred trees planted in memory of the departed souls from the tragic 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, was performed at the massive Rambara landslide location— where an entire town and large chunks of mountainside were completely wiped out. The ceremony, which included the planting of trees and the laying of a ceremonial stone and reef in memorial of those who perished from the landslide, was officiated by GIWA Co-Chair, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, GIWA Secretary General, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, Uttarakhand State’s Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Harak Singh Rawatji and District Magistrate of Rudraprayag, Dr. Raghav Langar.

The area will be developed as an eco-tourism location where people can be with nature, as well as be inspired to protect and preserve the environment and our precious water sources.

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