25–26 May: ICIMOD participates in the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit–2012 in Sikkim


The Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) – a forum of mountain experts and civil society organizations – organized the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-2012 (SMDS-2) in Gangtok, Sikkim, India, 25–26 May 2012. The summit was co-hosted by the Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS) and the Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA). Over 150 participants, including legislators, senior government officials, environmentalists, civil society organizations, and development experts from 11 mountainous states of India and the hill districts of Assam and West Bengal attended in the summit. Major objectives were to review mountain development policies with respect to themes of climate change, water, livelihoods, and environmental conservation; to get the views of academicians, civil society organizations, and development practitioners in the field on the current issues; and to share best practices on mountain development with parliamentarians and legislative assembly members and help them prepare a policy statement on ‘How to encourage India to develop and adopt to climate legislation’. 

The summit was inaugurated by the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Mr K.T. Gyaltsen, and was organized into several thematic sessions including the Mountain Legislators’ Meet. Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD, delivered the keynote speech on climate change and food, energy, and water security in the mountains during the inaugural session, followed by a plenary speech on coping with climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas by Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations at ICIMOD. Other ICIMOD team members in attendance included Gopal Rawat, Dhrupad Choudhury, Nakul Chettri, and Nira Gurung. ICIMOD provided partial funding and technical support to the summit. An ICIMOD information stall displayed publications and posters on key themes, which helped disseminate knowledge to participants from the region.