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Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV

October 7, 2015 - October 9, 2015

In the footsteps of the previous three Sustainable Mountain Development Summits (SMDS) held in the states of Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh will host the fourth SMDS at Itanagar on 7th, 8th, and 9th October, 2015.

Goals & Objectives

The three-day summit in Itanagar will be dedicated to the formulation of recommendations for policy, development action and research interventions. In line with the format of previous summits, the deliberations this year will be participatory, with actionable suggestions and recommendations from each session our overarching objective. Moreover, research papers will be earnestly sought, and selected papers will be collated into a single presentation to form a lead thematic paper to initiate deliberations. Authors will be given multiple opportunities to discuss and share their papers in group sessions. The summit’s theme will draw from the broad areas of Forest, Water and Land, and each area’s discourse will be tailored to the issues and challenges that confront Arunachal Pradesh and the Indian mountain region at large.

An International focus
Apart from India’s mountain states, SMDS – IV intends to draw wider participants from India’s neighbouring mountain countries such as Nepal and Bhutan to better understand their developmental dynamics and see if and how they are applicable to India’s Himalayan and North-Eastern States.

Quarter Plate events
As in the previous Summits, a number of “quarter plate” events are being planned, some of which are Policy Makers Dialogue, a Legislators Meet, The 4th Indian Himalayan Photography Competition and Exhibition, and a Culture and Cuisine Panorama of Arunachal Pradesh.

Community site visits & Tour package
Additional engagements in the pipeline are visits to local community sites to immerse in the best sustainable community practices (Apatani community of Ziro Valley in Apatani Plateau). Special tour packages to different locales in Arunachal Pradesh are also being designed, with an emphasis on community interaction for a firsthand experience of the culture, cuisine and life of the people. This effort would be an endeavour (and experiment) in enabling the benefits of tourism to flow directly to the grassroots.

See a link to the event on Mountain Partnerships’s website: Mountain Partnership Events


October 7, 2015
October 9, 2015


Integrated Mountain Initiative & Sustainable Development Forum of Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA)


Sustainable Development Forum of Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA)
Opposite Hotel Arun Subansiri, J N State Museum Road, Zero Point
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh 791111 India
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