A three-day Northeast Green Summit is going to be held at Assam’s Silchar from November 16 for Sustainable development and conservation strategies for the Northeast and its contiguous biodiversity zones.
The focus area of the sixth edition of the summit is ‘Greening after Covid: Regional Cooperation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Chaubey is expected to attend the summit, where delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar will also brainstorm on various issues.
Several stalls showcasing sustainable products from across the northeastern region will be part of the summit, which is organised by Vibgyor NE Foundation and supported by the United Nations Environment (UNEP).
As a run-up to the event, a green cyclothon is being organised on November 8 to create awareness among the public about the rapidly-depleting resources.
The rally also aims to promote the heritage points of southern Assam, also known as Barak Valley, and eco-tourism and create awareness on sustainable development.
According to Rajdeep Roy, Lok Sabha member from Silchar and one of the brains behind the summit, the forest ministers’ round table is expected to come out with certain consensus and resolutions to evolve guidelines which will positively contribute towards conservation of natural resources and livelihood of forest-dependent people.
Atul Bagai, India head of UNEP, says while the northeast is comparatively at a better position in terms of greenery and natural resources, the effect of global warming and climate change is evident with delayed rains and longer summers.
“It is the time to act so that we can give back what belongs to nature. Like previous years, Northeast Green Summit 2021 will act as a catalyst in the northeastern region to combat global warming and act towards conservation,” he says.