JU holds seminar on 'My Himalaya-Issues and Possible Solutions'

JU holds seminar on 'My Himalaya-Issues and Possible Solutions'

He stressed on the need for a comprehensive policy to address all the issues of environment, social issues and scientific issues of the Himalayas.

During the ongoing celebration of Himalayan Day here at the University of Jammu, a seminar on theme-‘My Himalaya-Issues and Possible Solutions’ was organized. 

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Rural Technology Action Group- Chapter (RuTAG), University of Jammu, Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO) and Himalayan Unity Movement (HUM) organized the seminar, as per the release.

Initiative for celebrating Himalayan Day or Himalaya Divas was taken in 2010 by a group of noted environmentalists and activists including Sunder Lal Bahuguna, Anil Joshi and Radha Behan. Since then this Day is celebrated during September every year to spread the message that solutions for sustainable development and ecological stability for the Himalayas must be as unique as the Himalayan ecosystem itself. 

Speaking on the occasion Prof. R. D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu described Himalaya as an important source of livelihood for millions of people. He said, India is recognized as a mega diversity country and as one of the 10 most extensively forested areas in the world is due mainly to the Himalayas, although it covers only 18% of the India’s geographical area and accounts for more than 50% of the country’s forest cover and 40% of the species endemic to the Indian subcontinent. He elaborated on the importance of Himalaya for the people of eight countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan who are heavily dependent for their livelihood on their immediate natural resources and production from primary sectors such as agriculture, forestry, livestock, etc. 

 He stressed on the need for a comprehensive policy to address all the issues of environment, social issues and scientific issues of the Himalayas.

The Himalayan people needed to be protected through proper policy and planning. A strategy for the sustainable development of human settlements needs to be designed and adopted. Conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem protection measures need to take into account disaster risk and population growth.