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NE Green Summit to devise strategies on environmental issues, say experts


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Guwahati: Environment is a major issue in the Northeast and the Northeast Green Summit, with participation of all relevant stakeholders, will lead to greater awareness about the environmental issues and how to resolve them in the days to come, said Ranjan Chatterjee, former Chief Secretary, Meghalaya and former Member, National Green Tribunal on Sunday, ahead of the third summit which would be held at the State Convention Centre in Shillong on October 24, 2018.

Chatterjee, who is also in the Advisory Board of the Northeast Green Summit 2018, will be gracing the Summit as a speaker and will throw light on ‘Air Pollution with regard to Urban Areas’ at a technical session during the three-day-Summit.

On the other hand, speaking to Eastern Chronicle, Dr Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), said, “The Summit is very important for the very sustenance of the Northeastern states.”

He mentioned that urbanization is taking place in a rapid way and added, “The impact of climate change is quite distinctly visible in the Northeast in terms of landslide, flood and rainfall.”

 He therefore said that it was high time for all stakeholders to join hands and take suitable steps to preserve the flora and fauna and the bio diversity of Northeast.

“Thereby, the Northeast Green Summit 2018 is an important step in this direction which is bringing stakeholders from different groups and from different fields on a common platform and ultimately devise strategies for future development,” added Sahoo.

While Padma Shri Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist from Jorhat, also known as the ‘Forest Man of India’ mentioned the Summit as a great opportunity to save the environment. Speaking to Eastern Chronicle on Sunday Payeng said, “It is my duty to work for the environment and I am glad to be present in the Summit among great scholars.”

“The condition of our environment has deteriorated significantly. If we don’t act now then in the coming future we will fail to preserve our environment. I am glad that such a Summit with the theme on environment is being organised and I feel it is my duty to be present there,” added Payeng.

He mentioned that he would like to throw light on the issue of climate change in the Summit so that people are aware and plans are executed accordingly.