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Haleon India in collaboration with Green Yatra, inaugurates Otrivin Miyawaki Urban Forest in Dwarka, Delhi

April 29, 2024: Haleon India, (erstwhile GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare), under its CSR initiative, in collaboration with Green Yatra, a leading environmental NGO, inaugurated the Otrivin Miyawaki Urban Forest Project in Dwarka, Delhi.

With the planting initiated in October 2022, this monumental effort has seen the nurturing of 35,000 saplings representing over 40 indigenous tree species. This project represents Otrivin’s ‘Breathe Clean’ initiative dedicated to fostering a greener, healthier environment for all.

This initiative by Green Yatra, fully funded by Haleon India, aligns closely with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 11, 13, 15, and 17. Haleon aims to embed good supply chain standards by tackling carbon emissions, adopting sustainable packaging, sourcing trusted ingredients sustainably and integrating water stewardship and waste circularity. The long-term objective is to create lasting impacts that transcend boundaries and inspire collective action towards a more sustainable future.

In addition to senior management from Haleon India and Green Yatra, Shri Rajiv Manjhi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, graced the event as Chief Guest, addressing pressing environmental challenges and emphasizing on the critical role of community-led conservation efforts. Enthusiastic students from Queens Valley School, Sector 8, Dwarka, New Delhi, delighted the event with the spirit of youth leadership in sustainability.

Speaking at the inauguration, Shri Rajiv Manjhi, Joint Secretary, MoHFW, Government of India, said, “This initiative is a testament to the power of collective action towards a more sustainable future. It is inspiring to see organizations like Green Yatra and Haleon taking the lead in fostering environmental stewardship which will help in enhancing the native green cover of Delhi while bolstering local biodiversity.”

Mr. Navneet Saluja, General Manager, Haleon India Subcontinent, BU, added, “Haleon India holds a deep commitment to environmental conservation and protection, recognizing that the right to clean air is universal and essential for all. The Otrivin Miyawaki Urban Forest project in Delhi resonates profoundly with our dedication to nurturing and safeguarding the environment. By creating one of the largest Miyawaki urban forests, we not only mitigate air pollution but also enhance the quality of life for communities and future generations. This initiative aligns seamlessly with our mission to drive positive change and leave a lasting impact on the environment and society at large.”

Talking about this initiative, Mr. Pradeep Tripathi, Director, Green Yatra, shared, “Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world, it would require, a lot of tree plantations to provide better oxygen to its residents. By this Otrivin Miyawaki urban forest, we are not only increasing the green cover but also supporting the local ecosystem and biodiversity. This project is helping us to fight with climate change effect. This event showcases the power of collective action for environmental conservation. Together, we’re building a greener, healthier future for all.”

The environmental benefits of this endeavour are far-reaching. The Miyawaki forest acts as a natural carbon sink, effectively absorbing greenhouse gases and mitigating the effects of climate change. The project also promotes soil health, water retention, and purification, contributing to the overall resilience of our ecosystem. The forest will become self-sufficient after 2-3 years of care, making it an ideal greening option for the densely packed city.


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