Imphal: The Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) has announced 9th Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) to be held from the 11th-14th of December 2020 and the 3rd Indian Himalayan Youth Summit (IYHS) to be held from the 8th – 9th December 2020.
In a press release, it stated that these flagship events are held annually and this year, the SMDS is being held on a virtual mode, bringing together a host of eminent speakers, key voices from the mountains and delegates from across the Indian Himalayan region.
SMDS IX is being hosted by the State Chapter of IMI, the Sustainable Development Forum of Uttarakhand in Dehradun. The summit will have participation and delegates from all the 10 mountain states, 2 Union territories and two hill districts of West Bengal that constitute the IHR.
The theme chosen this year is Topical-Emerging Pathways for Building a resilient Post COVID-19 Mountain Economy-Adaptation, Innovation and Acceleration.
Under this broader theme, discussions on 6 separate sub themes are Planned-Migration and the local economy, water security, disaster risk reduction, innovative farm solutions, green future & digital jobs. Action points will emerge in the synthesis panel which will draw on the outcomes of the panels but focus on partnerships, innovative funding and adaptive institutions.
The summit will bring together policy makers, think tanks, government representatives, experts, academicians, practitioners, NGOs and students.
The mountain legislators’ meet, a key feature of SMDS will also be held during the summit. Discussion will centre around the pandemic and vaccine availability; and the future of tourism in the mountains.
The summit will also declare the winners of the Himalayan photography contest 2020 and conduct the Dr. RS Tolia Memorial Award 2020 and special lecture.
The IMI has been working relentlessly for ushering sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan region for the past ten years. The IMI has influenced policy makers on vital issues facing the mountains. Understanding these concerns first amongst ourselves and then arguing it cogently to the policy makers’ forms part of IMI’s playbook.
The summit will present action research to help practitioners in the development sector to engage with the people and institutions. This will create a mountain collective to facilitate collaborative thinking, consensus building and coordinated action.
IMI urged all interested members of the Government, civil society and others to join the summit by registering in the link: http://smds.mountaininitiative.in/.