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International Dialogue on Himalayan Ecology gets underway at Shoolini University

Solan, Jan 31 (UNI) National Green Tribunal Justice Swatanter Kumar today said there was need to adopt a middle path between environment and development for the effective conservation of Himalayan ecology.
Addressing the participants after inaugurating the two day workshop ‘International Dialogue on Himalayan Ecology’ on the campus of Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences at Bhajhol-Solan, he said for a country like India, which is the biodiversity hotspot of the world, it is important to debate and discuss the efforts required to conserve the environment.
The workshop is being organised by international study circle Dialogue Highway, in collaboration with the Centre of Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development, Shoolini University.
Academicians, policy makers, environmentalists, activists and civil society leaders are participating in the workshop.
Justice Kumar said, “The aspect of environment protection needs great attention. A middle path needs to be decided and isolated approach is fundamentally incorrect.”
Talking about the consultative process adopted by the NGT where all the parties involved are brought to one platform to discuss their issues, Justice Kumar said, “We all need to understand and take responsibilities”.
Appreciating the dialogue, he said he would like to discuss the recommendation which emerge from this event at the UNEP International Conference, which is going to be held in Delhi in March and will be attended by over 1600 delegates from across the globe.
The conference will be attended by the officials from over 40 countries, NGT and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.
Later, Justice Kumar also inaugurated the Himalayan Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology, established at Shoolini University.
Earlier, Prof PK Khosla, Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University, in his welcome address, said he event was happening in the backdrop of the outbreak of jaundice in the towns of Shimla and Solan due to polluted drinking water and showed the gravity of the problems. which are affecting the environment.
Noted food expert, Devinder Sharma, Managing director of Dialogue Highway was the keynote speaker of the event.
Addressing the gathering, he said, "A new paradigm of agriculture and managing and maintaining forests is the need of the hour. We need to radically look into the development model, which benefits all."
The event was attended by Justice Rajiv Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court; MS Chatwal, Chairman PPCB; Prof PS Ahuja, Former DG CSIR; Prof Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University; Prof Vijay Singh Thakur, Vice Chancellor Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni- Solan and Vice Chancellor of Sher –a- Kashmir University. Directors of 10 institutes working on different aspects of ecology and famous French painter Michel Granger.
Padma awardee environmentalists, MC Mehta and Anil Joshi, also graced the event.
Six technical sessions are scheduled to be held over two days, in the presence of members of the judiciary, who very often have to hear cases related to the environment.
The first technical session with the theme: Environment & Development had Prof Arun Grover as the Chairman and Dr Shekhar Pathak of PAHAR, Nanital as the lead speaker today.
The second and third session was on the theme ‘Water Resource’ and ‘Climate Change’ respectively. The second day will also see three sessions on theme ‘Mountain Agriculture’, ‘Forests and Biodiversity’ and ‘Towards a Himalayan Model’.
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