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SMDS-III begins in Nagaland

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 22 (NPN)
Published on 23 Sep. 2013 1:10 AM IST
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Minister for sports and youth resources Merentoshi R. Jamir Sunday said the great Himalayas played a crucial role in the social, environmental, cultural and economy not only for the sub-Himalayan states but also in the entire northern half of the country affecting the region’s climatic conditions.

Inaugurating the two-day long Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS-III), an annual key activity of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) at the Bamboo Hall, Naga Heritage Village, Kisama Sunday, as the chief guest, Merentoshi thanked Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) and Sustainable Development Forum, Nagaland (SDFN) for bringing the summit to the state.

He hoped that the summit attended by the representatives of the eleven states of India, would be able to evolve ways and means to meet the challenges of natural calamities and disasters lurking at the sub-Himalayan states, including Nagaland.

MLA and MARCOFED chairman Mmhonlumo Kikon stressed on the need for a joint effort by sub-Himalayan states to put their heads together and find sustainable solutions for the survival of all and for the future generation.

Mmhonlumo said human beings have used rivers for irrigation, hydro-power, energy and other purposes and this has also invited disastrous consequences.

He pointed out that the dam made by China over river Brahmaputra’s tributaries was likely to have disastrous consequences for the entire Northeast region.

The MLA informed that there were over 600 dams in the Uttarakhand and one could well reason out why the state was struck with catastrophe in recent times.

Mmhonlumo said the term ‘sustainable development,’ facilitated global negotiations about environmental goals and how to achieve them.

The MLA added that environmental threats to the Himalayan region cuts across political boundaries and this was why it was important for the region to think together.

Anja from International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal and Bhawana from LEAD India also spoke on the occasion.

Altogether 52 representatives from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, besides host of youths have joined the SMDS-III.

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