Environment Minister participates in Sustainable Mountain Development Summit
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav attended the inaugural session of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-XI (SMDS-XI) held at Leh, Ladakh from 10-12 October, 2022.
The theme for SMDS-XI is ‘Harnessing tourism for sustainable mountain development’.
The main focus of the summit is to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, while harnessing its positive contribution in building climate and socio-ecological resilience and sustainability.
Bhupendra Yadav highlighted the establishment of Govind Ballabh Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and its regional center at Leh under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
This regional center is entrusted with the task of research and development activities especially with regard to the sustainability of the Himalayan environment.
About Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS)
It is a flagship annual event of the Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI), a working and civil society-led forum in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), comprising 10 mountain states, two union territories and four hill districts.
Apart from the central event, two integral components of SMDS include the Mountain Legislators' Meet (MLM) and the Indian Himalayan Youth Summit.
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