This session, moderated by the UNEP, will bring together Chief Ministers of the North East to deliberate on their experiences in dealing with the peculiar challenges that climate change throws up for the region as well as how the region can set a new paradigm for a green and inclusive economy.
In this conclave, inter-State matters relating to management and control of forests, wildlife, biodiversity and environment of Northeastern region would be discussed. The following illustrative list of inter-State matters may be considered in the Round Table – transit of forest produce and minor minerals, wildlife corridors and acquisition of land for it, allocation to forestry sector out of Finance Commission award; promotion of agarwood, bamboo and medicinal plantation through policy intervention and institutional arrangement, joint patrolling mechanism for detection of forest offence and wildlife crime. The Round Table may also come up with a ‘Shillong Declaration’ subject to consensus on the issues that may be raised.
(Theme: GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE NE INDIA THROUGH ART) CONCEPT: In the art component of Northeast Green Summit 2022, renowned artistes from across Northeast India would showcase various nature-inspired sustainable art forms in a demarcated zone. During this 3-day component in the lap of nature, the school/college students of the region and beyond will be encouraged to learn and interact with the artistes besides engaging in live activities in creating art & craft inspired by nature. There will be a special pavilion where artisans of various tribal communities of Northeast India will be giving live demonstration of various handicraft works like jewelry making, Manipuri & Tripuri traditional craft work, molding, wildlife painting on canvas, face tattoo making, portrait making etc. Visitors would also be able to buy and learn the basics of making exquisite tribal art and crafts, jewellery, paintings and other products during the workshop. Other live activities would be an art competition amongst school students on the theme of “Balancing People, Planet, Profit in Northeast India.
(Theme: NE INDIA’S NATURE THROUGH ART &DANCE) CONCEPT: The Northeast is covered with high hills, verdant forests teeming with vibrant wildlife, sheer cliffs and breath-taking waterfalls. Music, dance and theatre inspired by the nature of the Northeast, which are often linked to the glory of the people of Northeast and also depicting the cultural mosaic of the region, would be showcased. This component would be held during three evenings of the Summit. It is expected to include: Rida and the Musical Folks: The music created by Meghalaya-based experimental band 'Rida and The Musical Folks' often has the rawness and earthy quality of folk songs along with a hint of jazz, or contemporary western tunes. Through their music, the band is making a strong statement about environmental issues. Their melodies are pure, harmonious and uncluttered; they often reconcile you with nature, because like most folk songs, they are in some way or the other inspired by nature. However, it is their lyrics that drive home the message of climate change. Rida Gatphoh, who is the lead member of the band and also the songwriter and composer, juxtaposes the simplicity of traditional folk tunes of Meghalaya with hard-hitting lyrics about the effects of man's activities on nature. The lyrics of their songs are mostly an expression of Rida's observations of the way her home state's environment has changed over the years. SIYOM: SIYOM is an experimental folk-based ensemble from Imphal, Manipur. The name SIYOM is original and symbolizes "mother's womb" in the old Manipuri language. SIYOM was conceptualized in 2018 as a space to bring together a confluence of artists and musicians encompassing the traditional and the unconventional, the structured and the experimental. Among various performances during the Summit, the few interesting highlights SIYOM is going to perform are Kayada Ningthijaba Lambino (transl."such a pleasant path) is a song about appreciating the beauty of nature, importance of introspection and celebrating life in Mother Nature’s lap, Maikei Taiba (transl."sewing the directions") is an incantation which invokes the deities who safeguard the universal space and realms, which includes the eight cardinal and inter-cardinal directions. Dapon the Mirror: A socio cultural theatrical organization led by Shri Pabitra Rabha, an NSD alumni and Bollywood actor. The Rhythm of Bordoichila is a folk based performance emphasizing on different original folk tunes, folk songs and folk dances of Northeast India specially Assam. It is an effort to portray the sound and rhythm of various tribes and communities which share the same geographical area and climate. Some of the traditional instruments which were played by their forefathers are an integral part of the performance. Showcasing the fusion of various regional cultures with its diversity and uplifting the heritage for the young generation is the primary inspiration behind the performance. Hill Theatre: This theatre group from Nagaland’s Mokokchung district, consisting of 20 members, will perform a drama revolving around a young man from a village called Oshi Yim on preserving Oshi language, tradition and culture. Meghalaya’s indigenous artists are expected to perform, making music out of natural resources like leaves, bamboo etc. Besides, there will be cultural troupes from Bhutan and Bangladesh also.
The Summit will portray some of the best photographs featuring wildlife, ecosystems, flora & fauna and the endangered species which are found in the region of Northeast India and also its neighbouring countries by ace photographers, scientists, conservationists and wildlife experts.
Few selective, incredible planet-centric and environmentally conscious documentaries will introduce you to some of the most inspiring people working tirelessly to preserve our earth. Whether you’re looking to admire Earth’s beauty or gain some perspective on the challenges it faces, the documentaries are sure to awaken and inspire you instantly.
Birds are responsible for stability and wellbeing of an ecosystem. More than 10800 species of birds are found worldwide, of which around 900 are found in Northeast India. Join in for a Bird Walk wherein we unfurl the hidden life of birds and make you meet a few true angels of the planet.
In this segment of the Summit, we weave yoga and nature together in a way that dissolves the boundaries between them. Experience all of these in the picturesque misty forest of NEPA campus and increase your sphere of awareness.
The aim of Jungle Trail is nature exploration, awareness and conservation of the eco system. Every Summit, nature walks are conducted in different ecosystems with the active participation of people from all age groups and disciplines. The nature walk through jungle terrain aims to ignite young minds in nature study, especially school & college students. The programme intends to strengthen the communities associated with the flora and fauna and also welcome nature enthusiasts all over the globe to come and sustainably indulge in its conservation and exploration.
To acknowledge the efforts of various groups and departments engaged in sustainable development and conservation activities across the region, the Northeast green summit honours various unique initiatives every year. During previous summits, the organizers feted Arunachal Pradesh forest department represented by Forest Minister, Shri Mama Natung for the Airgun surrender Abhiyaan and Manas Maozigendri Eco Tourism Society for turning former poachers into conservationists’ at the Manas National Park in Assam.
Northeast Zero Waste Meetup, a component of the Summit, is a Zero Waste Extravaganza which includes competitions for schools and institutions to showcase their ideas, music performances and filmmaking skills in order to create a regenerative planet. It would provide a chance to meet and learn through the inspirational journeys of people who have done seminal work in the realm of sustainability from all over India, besides a bouquet of Eco-Friendly independent grass root business ventures who would be showcasing sustainable endeavours.
Presenting the first ever Zero Waste Summit of Northeastern region of India, where it shall be ensured from the begining that all the waste generated in the event is reduced and recycled, with a special focus on bringing the issue of waste into the limelight by interactive/educative installations and people participation in waste segregation.
Indigenous tattoos, all eco-friendly and used by the tribes of the Northeast, would be back at the Summit. A tattoo, its origin, what it communicates and more would all be unveiled, and guests can sport one too when they walk out of the venue!
A demonstrational model of a Handmade Paper unit would be the setting for a handmade paper workshop at the Summit. Traditional experts from Tawang, who are directly engaged in making such papers, would conduct the workshop. This is expected to be inspiring for the youths, as handmade papers are in great demand.