ICIMOD co-organizes Mountain Summit in Nagaland


The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, a platform for Indian Himalayan states hosted by the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI), was organized from 25 to 27 September 2013. 

The IMI-SMDS III or the Kohima Summit was organized by Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) in collaboration with LEAD India, YouthNet, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain development (ICIMOD).

The summit brought together participants from different Himalayan states in India sharing experiences, discussing  issues of development priority, and finding ways to influence national and state public policies. 

The summit featured the three themes of forests, water, and agriculture with crosscutting themes of climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and gender. 

Delivering the inaugural address of the summit, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that while the mountain states of India are industrially underdeveloped having limited opportunities for gainful employment, these states are treasure troves of biodiversity, minerals, and knowledge systems.

The ICIMOD Director General, Dr David Molden, along with other ICIMOD colleagues participated in the Summit. Dr Daivd Molden made a presentation titled ‘Managing disasters, sustaining development: A narrative of the fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas’.