Integrated Mountain Initiative

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Conclave of the Himalayan States, Mussoorie

Conclave of the Himalayan States, Mussoorie

The Conclave of Himalayan States was held to discuss the priorities of Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) and ways to address the unique problems they face in the 15th Finance Commission. It was possible due to the initiative of the Government of Uttarakhand under the guidance of Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. The Conclave brought together all stakeholders at the highest level.

The Conclave was attended by Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, 15th Finance Commission Chairman Mr. N.K Singh, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar along with Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Conrad K Sangma, Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri Neiphiu Rio and Deputy CM of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Chowna Mein. Other IHR states were also represented at the senior level.

The Conclave concluded with the adoption of the Mussoorie Resolution 2019 to work out strategies for Sustainable Development of Mountain areas in a collaborative manner.

The key points of discussion included:

  • Improvement of border infrastructure in IHR to mitigate migration from these areas.
  • Institutionalisation of the platform of the Himalayan Conclave to take the concerns of the IHR forward in the national development agenda.
  • Promotion of youth start-ups to find local solutions to mountain issues.
  • Need to factor in higher cost for development and maintenance costs, and historical infrastructure gap.
  • Demand for a higher percentage in horizontal devolution than the 7.5% for forest cover in the 14th Finance Commission.
  • Green Bonus to IHR states considering their contributions to environmental conservation.
  • Need to pay crucial attention to Water Resource Management, Climate Change, Agriculture, and Human Resource Development and Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Himalayan Cleanup

The Himalayan Cleanup

The Himalayan Cleanup was held across the 12 mountain states mobilising 15,000 volunteers across 200 sites, sorting and recycling waste and raising awareness locally as well as amongst the travel, transport and tourism sectors.

The Indian Himalaya is part of a global biodiversity hotspot with a high percentage of protected and community conserved areas, as well as being an important source of water for millions of people. Due to ever-increasing tourist footfall and changing consumption patterns, plastics have entered the remotest mountain environments where the terrain makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible to retrieve and/or dispose of plastic waste. Lack of awareness leads to burning of waste, dumping down hillsides or into streams and rivers.  Wildlife including red pandas and black bears consume plastic through food left in plastic packaging.

The Himalayan Cleanup’s waste audit revealed that the 5 biggest polluters in the IHR are Pepsi Co, Hindustan Coca Coca, Britannia Industries Pvt Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Limited and ITC Limited.

Meet of the Mountain States, New Delhi

Meet of the Mountain States, New Delhi

The 7th edition of IMI’s Annual Meet of the Mountain States (MoMS- VII) was held in New Delhi on 18th February, 2019. The meet followed up on the 7th SMDS, organized at Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, the theme of which was “Wellbeing of the Next Generation of Farmers in the context of Climate Change”.

MoM VII was inaugurated by Shri Ramnganing Muivah, IAS, Secretary, North Eastern Council (NEC), who released the proceedings of SMDS VII and the policy briefs of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) project on “Understanding Mountain Peoples’ Approach and Practices to Combating Climate Change in the IHR”. The meet also gave an opportunity for discussion on emerging discourses on Mountain policies and reports. In this light, the event was further divided to incorporate panel discussions on the 15th Finance Commission and group discussions on the five NITI Aayog working reports as well as a presentation on the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment Reports.

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