Chairs: Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI)
Water Security in the 21st Century – focus on North-East India and the Indian Himalayan Region
About Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) : The IMI, formed in 2010, is a coalition of individuals and institutions from 12 mountain states* in the Indian Himalaya and northeast India to redefine the architecture of sustainable development across the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). IMI has been working towards the vision of ‘making people of India proud of our mountains’ by integrating research, policy and practice across states, stakeholders and domains towards sustainable development solutions for the IHR.
Concern for Water : Since 2010, IMI has organized seven Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) in the various member states. Water; water security; hydropower; springs, streams, rivers; glaciers and climate change have been some of the themes in these summits. IMI has made significant efforts to integrate knowledge and draw the attention of policy makers towards water security.
The future of water security in India depends heavily on Himalayan glaciers and rivers and on the health of mountain springs and streams. Moreover, arriving at potential water solutions for the IHR is critically linked to improving forest cover, ensuring food security, and meeting demands for household and industrial consumption to foster economic well-being, and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Session Themes: This special session curated and chaired by IMI, will highlight problems and focus on the latest efforts in research, policies, and practices in this field in an effort to build integrated solutions to conserve water sources, reduce consumption, and work towards better governance and policies to deal with this looming crisis of the 21st century. IMI invites academics, researchers, scientists, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to submit abstracts (upload a 500 word .docx file) for presentation to participate in this session. The thematic scope for the session includes:
Last date of submission of abstract: 25 August 2019
* IMI India operates in the 10 mountain and hill states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, and two hill districts of Assam and West Bengal.
Program Coordinators : Mr Golan Suanzamung Naulak, IMI and Dr Smriti Basnett, South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth, Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC), IISc.
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