I distinctly remember the beginning of my association with the Northeast Green Summit, when on a fine day in 2016, I got to hear from the organisers about their initiative. What intrigued me was the fact that they had chosen their venue as Tura, the hub of Garo Hills, and not any posh hotel in Guwahati or Shillong as is the usual practice with most such regional events .I resolved to attend and see for myself how the Summit was conducted.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to see a host of dignitaries and experts from across the Northeast and beyond, converging in Tura despite all the logistic and communication bottlenecks and participating at the Summit, together with the local community and a lot of youth and students, with a lot of enthusiasm. It was a memorable experience.
As the organisers embarked on their 2nd Green Summit at Pobitora, Assam, I made it a point to ensure participation of several officers of the Forest Department, Meghalaya and the Pollution Control Board, Meghalaya, in the deliberations. I am certain it was a learning experience for them, as much as it was for me.
I hope and trust that the Northeast Green Summit grows from strength to strength and the organisers are able to create the best possible platform which can ideate and carry forward the mission of a Clean, Green Northeast.
(CP Marak is an IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and HoFF, and Chairman of Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board)