13 countries to participate in three-day climate meet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2014 20:27 IST

A three-day international conference on development, biodiversity and climate change issues and challenges began at Millennium Town Chamba on Friday.

The conference is being hosted by department of sociology, Government Post Graduate College, Chamba. Also known as Chamba Climate Meet- 2014, it's a joint collaboration of Asia Climate Education Center, Jeju, South Korea; International Sociological Association, Madrid (Spain); Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (INCU) and National Center for Good Governance, department of personnel and training, Government of India.

First international conference to be hosted by Chamba town has participation of 150 delegates from 13 countries, including India, US, Canada, Morocco, Ethiopia, South Korea, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

On the inaugural day, Prof Dai-Yeun Jeong of Asia climate change education centre asserted that environmental problems resulted from human activities for improving material affluence and convenience in everyday. “These problems started emerging after an industrialization and mechanization begin to advance in 18th century,” said Jeong.

Jeong, who is also Emeritus professor of environmental sociology, At Jeju National University, South, the improvements have been achieved by sacrificing the nature as the resources necessary are extracted from nature itself.

“This conference is very valuable and significant considering the relationship among societal development biodiversity and climate change is being reviewed and discussed,” said Jeong.
Orgnaising secretary, Mohinder Salariya, said the conference was an attempt to provide a forum for academic exchange of knowledge and skill. “It will be a platform for professors, scientists, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, policy executors, research scholars and exhibitors working in different fields to discuss issues and challenges related to the development biodiversity and climate change, particularly focusing on human dimensions of development in Himalayan region,” he said.
He added that the conference had been categorised into 18 technical sessions and would conclude on October 5.

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