One day national workshop organised to celebrate 'International Mountain Day' at Bhaderwah Campus

BHADERWAH: Institute of Mountain Environment, Bhaderwah campus today organised one day national workshop to celebrate International Mountain Day -2018 at IME auditorium here today.

The one day national workshop was organised by Institute of Mountain Environment, Bhaderwah campus in collaboration with PG department of Environemntal Sceinces, University of Jammu. This year this year "Mountain Matters" is the theme chosen for the years 2018 International Mountain Day which is being celebrated across the globe.

Chewang Norphel an engineer by profession and widely known as Ice man of India was the Chief Guest while R.S Jasrotia Retd. CCF as guest of honour and Dr CM Seth, retired. Chairman Pollution Control Board and Chief Wildlife Warden was special guest on this occasion.

In his formal address , Prof. Anil K Raina Rector Bhaderwah Campus while welcoming all the dignitaries who reached Bhaderwah despite the harsh weather condition. He said this year "Mountain Matters" is the theme chosen for the years 2018 International Mountain Day which is being celebrated across the globe.

Prof. Raina said that almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. "Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world."

Rector Bhaderwah Campus informed the august gathering that Mountains cover around 22 percent of the earth's land surface, host 25 percent of terrestrial biodiversity and 28 percent of earth's forests, mountains provide 60-80 percent of the world's freshwater - without which sustainable development that aims to eliminate poverty and hunger would not be possible, of the 20 most important food crops originate in mountains (potatoes, maize, barley, sorghum, apples, tomatoes and attract 15-20 percent of global tourism

Key note address was presented by Chewang Norphel , R.S Jasrotia, and Dr CM Seth. In their keynote address the dignitaries laid emphasis to protest the mountains from the challenges they are facing. "Mountains are early indicators of climate change and as global climate continues to warm, mountain people , some of the world's hungriest and poorest, face even greater struggles to survive. The rising temperatures also mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, affecting freshwater supplies downstream for millions of people. Mountain communities, however, have a wealth of knowledge and strategies accumulated over generations, on how to adapt to climate variability," they added

Dr Neeraj Sharma Head Institute of Mountain Environment (IME) Bhaderwah Campus while presenting the report of the event said that Institute of Mountain Environment Bhaderwah Campus was established in the year 2011 comprise of three faculties, faculty of life sciences, faculty of earth sciences and faculty of economics. The institute aims to conserve high priority mountain eco-systems, increase environmentally and culturally sustainable livelihoods for mountain communities, promote support for mountain cultures and issues through advocacy, research and outreach.

Dr Neeraj Sharma said that organising this national level event in this hilly region is to aware the people of Chenab belt about the importance of mountains and measures takes to save these treasures "Without these mountains we can't think of survival as mountains matters for water, disaster risk reduction, tourism, , food, survival of our Kashmir valley , for Jammu and Kashmir and whole Himalayan region,"he added

To aware the students about the importance of mountains, a debate/painting competition was organised on the eve of "International Mountain Day-2018", by the Institute of Mountain Environment (IME) in which more than 40 students from various government and private schools participated. In poster/painting Momina Malik, Tazium Fatima and Laiba Rehmat were declared first, second and third in poster/painting while as Mr Fahad Irshad, Mohd. Rizwan and Sania Malik were declared first, second and third in Symposium competition. On the occasion all the participating students were given certificates.

In order to better understand the changing scenarios in terms of ecology, economy, culture with special reference to Bhaderwah and Chenab region, a panel discussion was organised with the pro-active participation of golden agers, the senior citizens who have spent their life time in the mountains, valleys and streams of Bhaderwah.

The deliberations resulted in the formulation of a blue print for the effective management and conservation of nature and natural resources across the mountains of north western Himalaya.

Prominent among present on the occasion were DFO Bhaderwah Khalid Metha , Dr Jatinder Manhas, Dr Kuljeet Singh, Dr Rakesh Sharma, Bubloo Sharma , Dr Sunil Bhardwaj , Dr Mohd. Avias, faculty members students, staff of the Bhaderwah Campus and students and staff of various Colleges and Schools .

Vote of thanks was presented by Chhering Tandup Assistant Professor Department of Geography Bhaderwah Campus.

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