Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-XI, (SMDS-XI) being held in Leh, Ladakh between October 10-12. The Summit was aimed at reducing the negative impacts of tourism while harnessing its positive contributions to building climate and socio-ecological resilience and sustainability.
Theme Of The Summit:
The Summit is themed on ‘Harnessing tourism for sustainable mountain development’.
Aim Of The Event:
To reduce the negative impacts of tourism while harnessing its positive contributions to building climate and socio-ecological resilience and sustainability.
What Is Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS):
The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) is a flagship annual event of IMI, a civil society-led forum working across the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) that comprises 10 mountain states, two union territories and four hill districts.
In addition to the central event, two integral components of the SMDS include the Mountain Legislators’ Meet (MLM) and the Indian Himalayan Youth Summit.
What Has Been Said:
During the Summit’s inaugural address, Union Environment Minister, Bhupender Yadav, deliberated on the rich potential that Ladakh has in terms of its culture and environment.
The Key Highlights Of The Event:
During the event, focus was also given on capacity building of youth, literacy for employment, preservation of local culture, environment protection and developing scientific integrity among youth. The Government has schemes like Skill India and various portals like National Career Service Portal, e-Shram Portal, Udyami and ASEEM portals etc., which are promoting financial literacy and integrated capacity building even for remote areas of the country.
R&D for Sustainable Development:
The establishment of G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment (GBPNIHE) and its one Regional Centre at Leh, under the Ministry has added to the research and development aspect in the Union Territory. The Institute mandates on research and development activities for sustainability of the Himalayan environment.