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Scholars discuss state of Cryosphere in the Himalayas & Sikkim

Gangtok, Feb 19 (UNI) Scientists from Switzerland, US, UK, Afganistan, Nepal and Bhutan
have joined Indian Scientists to deliberate on Cryosphere in the Himalayas with a focus on
Sikkim and Eastern Himalayas.
The Swiss Agency representatives, International Centre for Integrated Mountain
Development, Integrated Mountain Initiative represntatives also participated.
Minister for Science & Technology and Climate Change inaugurated the Poster session
in the lobby of Chintan Bhawan here today.
The posters on activities related to Glacier studies and environment were displayed.
State Minister Wangdi highlighted the efforts being made in State about Studies on
Climate Change.
He said state would like to have capacity build ,in the related field.He also spoke about
threat to flora and fauna due to change in climate.
Lok Sabha MP P D Rai, Convenor, (who happened to be away to Japan with a group
of MPs) conveyed a message through video clipping, saying ‘Water is now everyones
concern. In Sikkim no less. Hence we want to know what the State of the Glaciers is,
in Sikkim’.
Dr K Jaikumar, Principal Secretary, Science & Technology, presented the report on
Deptt of Science & Technology activities, during the inaugural session.
He informed the gathering about the increase in the Forest cover which has reached
47.46 per cent.
Secretary Jaikumar suggested establishing institutional management on Climate
Change in the Central University here.
Sikkim with 84 Glaciers,occupying an area of 691sq kms and 10 per cent of total
geographical area,needs to be focused on further.Hence State wants to reconstitute the
Glacier Commission.State has already got inventory of Glaciers prepared, he added.
Mustafa Ali Khan delivered talk on Indo-Swiss capacity building programme on Glaciology.
Others included Dr.J Shriniwasan,Honrary Prof Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,
who spoke on tipping points in Climate Change.Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Head Deptt of Science
& Technology under the central government on Climate Change programme in India and
Anil V Kulkarni, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, spoke on State of Himalayan
Cryosphere with special reference to Sikkim Himalayas.
UNI NN BM
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