Silchar, November 15, 2021: The world is battling global warming and abrupt
climate change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge at the COP26 climate
summit Glasgow, UK to make India, the world’s third-biggest emitter to reach
net-zero by 2070, has injected new life into talks of issues of climate change
and global warming.
Forest ministers of NE states of India are heading to the Forest Ministers’
Round Table to discuss climate change and conservation issues of Northeast
India during the 6th Northeast Green Summit, scheduled from 16th to 18th
November 2021 at Silchar, Assam.
The Summit, supported by United Nations Environment (UNEP) and organised
by prominent think-tank Vibgyor NE Foundation, is the only such sustainable
development conclave of the region. This year, the Summit would be held at the
campuses of National Institute of Technology and Don Bosco School in the
southern Assam township of Silchar.
“The agenda of the Forest Ministers’ Round Table will be primarily to focus
matters of common concerns – climate change, animal migration, movement of
forest produce, management of natural resources on interstate and international
borders, forest and wildlife offence with ramifications across each other’s
territory among many other issues. A Silchar Declaration may be unveiled at the
end of the Round Table subject to consensus on the issues raised,” informed
C.P.Marak, a former Indian Forest Service officer from Meghalaya and
Advisory Board Member of the Summit.
Union Minister of State for Environment, Ashwini Chaubey, is also expected to
attend the Summit.The Summit, it may be mentioned, also attracts delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar in a bid to effectively brainstorm on common sustainable development and conservation strategies for not just Northeast India but also its contiguous biodiversity zones. Besides, green art and green music from Northeast India and beyond also figure prominently as part of the three-day
“The Forest Ministers’ Round Table will be the crowning moment of this year’s
Summit. It is expected to come out with certain consensus and resolutions to
evolve guidelines or protocol or recommendations, as may be decided, which
will positively contribute towards conservation of natural resources and
livelihood of forest-dependent people living inside or in its vicinity,” said Dr.
Rajdeep Roy, the Lok Sabha MP from Silchar and a passionate
environmentalist who is one of the brains behind the Summit.
Atul Bagai, India Head of UNEP who has been supporting the Summit for
many years now, said, “While Northeast is comparatively at a better position in
terms of greenery and natural resources, the effect of global warming and
climate change is evident with delayed rains and longer summers. It is the time
to act so that we can give back what belongs to nature. Like previous years,
Northeast Green Summit 2021 will act as a catalyst in the North East region to
combat global warming and act towards conservation.”
It may be mentioned that the focus area of the summit this year is ‘Greening
after Covid: Regional Cooperation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship’. “A green
recovery is key to ensuring a sustainable and resilient return to growth and
development after COVID-19. Global examples show how climate change and
other green themes can be central to COVID-19 responses so that our country
can recover or build back better,” said Marak.
The Northeast Green Summit espouses #BuildBackBetter as the mantra for
Northeast India post-pandemic since a “green recovery” could benefit not just
the climate but also human health and prosperity, he added.
Acknowledging innovative and successful conservation programmes across
Northeast India has also been another feature of the Summit. This time,
Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan – a
unique conservation initiative aiming to save birds and animals from hunters –
would be feted during the Summit.
“Ours was an initiative to save our birds, animals, and nature. I am glad that
hundreds of people came out to surrender their air guns for the sake of nature.
We are happy that the success of our mission would be recognized during the
Northeast Green Summit and it will help spread awareness about our cause,”
said Mama Natung, Forest Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Several stalls showcasing sustainable products from across the region will also be a part of the Summit.