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Webinar on World Environment Day 2020-21 at Panjab University
India's Response to Global Call, Paris Agreement, UN SDG-13 and COP-26

with special reference to this year’s theme of World Environment Day

“Ecosystem Restoration: Focus on Resetting Our Relation with Nature”

Inaugural Address:

Prof Raj Kumar

Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh
The Chief Parton

Keynote Address by Invited Distinguished Guest:

Dr Srikanta K.Panigrahi

Leading Indian Sustainability Thought Leader and
Director General, Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi.

Publication Date: 2nd June, 2021
Event Date: 1st June, 2021 at 11:30 am (IST)
Venue:- CISCO Webex, Virtual Platform
Organized by: The Office of Dean International Students in collaboration with Department of Sociology, with support from Department of History and Department of Environmental Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Supporting Partner -
Indian Institute Of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi.

The Office of Dean International Students in collaboration with Department of Sociology, Panjab University and support from Department of History and Department of Environmental Studies, organized a national webinar on "India's Response to Global Call, Paris Agreement UN SDG-13 and COP-26 to celebrate World Environment Day, by Dr Srikanta K. Panigrahi, Director General, Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi.

The webinar was initiated by Prof Anju Suri, Dean International Students, who highlighted the significance of environment and its protection especially during covid times as this is a crisis period which may have purified the air and improved environment due to presence of lockdowns but she showed her concern about the worsening of environmental situation once the lockdowns are no more.

Prof Rani Mehta, Chairperson, Department of Sociology, introduced the dignitaries, emphasized on the uniqueness of Planet Earth which provides life to several micro organisms, plants and animals including Human beings. She also raised the issue of vulnerability of ecosystems to environmental damage through the modernization processes of industrislization, urbanization, technological advancements etc.

Prof Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, in his inaugural address mentioned in a very practical and pragmatic way the importance of protecting the environment and highlighted the role which each individual can play in bringing about sustainability by following simple easy steps such as planting trees, removing garbage, switching off lights when not in use and his goal oriented approach also focused on the need to move from individual to community level for saving the environment. He wonderfully articulated the significance of a cleaner and greener campus for better work environment.

Dr Srikanta K. Panigrahi, gave a very comprehensive and detailed analysis of the reasons for climate change which happens through the emission of greenhouse gases released from vehicles and industries and is seen in the form of global warming as well as rising temperatures which cause floods, storms, decrease in food production and extinction of flora and fauna species. He also threw light on India's role in combating climate change by discussing about the mission approach in India which gives more importance to carbon management, enhanced energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture etc. He also described about India's INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) to healthy and sustainable way of living based on traditions and values of conservation and moderation. According to him, the problem of developed countries is over consumerism and for developing countries it is lack of cost effective technology. Thus, there is a need to have collective efforts and two important aspects - togetherness and innovation for achieving sustainable development.

The talk was followed by a vibrant question answer session conducted by Dr Suman Mor, Chairperson, Department of Environmental Studies. The Vote of thanks was presented by Dr Priyatosh Sharma, Chairperson, Department of History. The webinar was started with Panjab University Anthem and closed with National Anthem of India. This event is supported by Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi and well attended by participants from the region.

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Department of Information and Public Relations Leh, UT-Ladakh

4-Days Training Organised by PHED in Collaboration with IISD, New Delhi Concludes

Date: 15th April, 2021
Duration: 12-15th April, 2021 (4 Days)

Venue:- Hotel Grant Dragon, Leh and NIC Center, Kargil, UT-Ladakh
Published by: Department of Information and Public Relations, Leh, UT-Ladakh
Organized by: Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department, UT-Ladakh Administration and Indian Institute Of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi.

Chief Guest: Shri Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, IAS,
                       Deputy Commissioner (DC), Leh

Leh, April 15: Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department, UT Ladakh, in collaboration with the leading National Public Policy Think Tank and Scientific Research Organisation Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi, organised a four-day (12th -15th April) Online Training Program in Zoom Platform, for the Water Testing Laboratory personnel from Leh and Kargil district. This four-day training was held under the Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Program (WQM&SP) of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).

The training aimed to develop international standard human resource required for managing water testing laboratories. The accreditation of the water-testing laboratories with the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a mandate of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).

Deputy Commissioner (DC), Leh, Shri Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, IAS was the chief guest for the concluding/valedictory ceremony. District Superintending Engineer, PWD, Leh Pradeep Kumar and District Superintending Engineer, PHE Kargil, Ved Prakash also attended the event.

DC, Leh, Shri Shrikant Balasaheb Suse, IAS appreciated PHE and IISD's efforts for organising such trainings for Ladakh as JJM focuses on providing quality water to all the households. He stressed the role of water testing laboratories in providing safe and potable drinking water. He shared that the UT Administration is establishing water testing laboratories at the district and sub-division levels. DC, Leh exhorted that such capacity-building trainings would enhance the quality management aspect of JJM. A total of 21 laboratory personnel who participated in the training were accredited as certified internal auditors.

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3 Days IISD-Workshop
"Drinking Water Supply and Management for Leh Town, UT-Ladakh"

Inaugural Address is delivered by Shri UP Singh, IAS Secretary MoWR as Chief Guest

Date: 11th September, 2020

Hon'ble Chief Guest Shri Upendra Prasad Singh, IAS, Secretary, Ministry Of Water Resources delivered inaugural address at the Three Days IISD-Workshop on "Drinking Water Supply and Management for Leh Town, UT-Ladakh" on Microsoft Team Webinar Platform on 11th September, 2020, emphasizing the importance of Water as a precious natural resource and how it is the right time that we can participate at all stakeholder levels and make coherent efforts to use it in a sustainable way. He educated the participants about how the government is readily taking proactive measures to move towards a water sustainable future in accordance with the vision of "Har ghar jal". He encouraged the participants in full spirit to participate and come up with initiatives at the local level for Leh to be a model which could inspire the rest of the country.

Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), - is a national think tank and scientific research institute, is thoroughly committed and moving towards this goal with an attempt to make India self sufficient in water resources, through a series of conservation measures at grassroot level involving communities and every citizen of the nation, creating a Jan Aandolans to make it happen. IISD's Research and Knowledge Support Centre for Sustainable Development in Ladakh, along with Carbon Minus India (CMI) and Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) at Leh - as Our Local Partner, is working together in the Leh Water Audit Project as a first step, to make Leh a better place for its people to live in, under the Livable Leh Initiative. This workshop was the first of the many such initiatives, which would no doubt foster the same in the highest town of India.

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Global Conference on the Control Of Green House Gases
at the Source by Physical & Chemical Technology (GCGHGSPCT) 2019

Date: 22nd-24th April, 2019
Venue:- Bharatratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Auditorium
Organized by: Department Of Chemistry & School Of Physical & Decision Science (SPDS),
                          Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Lucknow

Supporting Partner - Indian Institute Of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi.
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9th Agriculture Leadership Conclave 2019
New Delhi/11.07.2019: Ninth Agriculture Leadership Conclave 2019 kicked off in New Delhi today by Agriculture Today Group.

Dr Ashok Dalwai, CEO, NRAA, Ministry Of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, said addressing the 9th Agriculture Leadership Conclave 2019, "Prime Minister has emphasized on doubling Farmer's Income as a top most priority agenda of the country. For Which right from lift to drip irrigation infrastructure is to make available for the Farmers. Keeping exports in mind we need to develop our farm sector quite competitive to fetch leading position in international market, which would enable us to create an environment to re-look at farm produce from farmer's gate to exports. Food security has become basic demand or we say need of the hour. Moreover, We need to also redefine marketing and re-mandate today's agriculture for a better take up.”

Dr Srikanta K. Panigrahi, Director, General, Indian Institute Of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi high-lighted the Concerns of loss of agricultural productivity today because of temperature rise as an adverse impact of Global Warming and Climate Change, engendering the food security of the country. In addition he also suggested - "How Climate Change Adaption in the form of Farmer Education on Dryland agriculture, sprinkler irrigation, Adoption of right Floriculture, Horticulture, Kharif and Rabbi Crop, in case of changing Agro-Climate conditions etc. are very importent.”

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Issue amended notification on forest protection’ NGT asked Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in Consideration with Indian Institute Of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi's Suggestions

Green Tribunal gives environment Ministry four weeks to comply with order

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to consider issuing an amended notification regarding the guidelines for “wood-based industries”, after a plea contended that issuing an advisory regarding the issue is not adequate.

Directing the Ministry to consider the suggestions made by the Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel said: “Counsel for the applicant submits that the stand of the MoEF shows that only an advisory was to be issued, which is not an adequate measure for strengthening forest protection and monitoring system to check illegal felling of trees for making charcoal.”

“Once it is acknowledged by the MoEF that suggestions of the applicant is worth consideration, it [the Ministry] ought to have issued an appropriate notification amending the [relevant guidelines],” it noted.

The Hindu
on 16th August 2018
By Staff Reporter

Issue amended notification on forest protection

National NGT bans 'Cutting of Trees' across the country
Taking a serious view of the ongoing rampant deforestation, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday banned cutting of trees across the country. The Green Bench issued direction to 'restrain any person, company, authority to carry out cutting of trees from forests anywhere in the country without obtaining environmental clearance from MoEF or SEIAA and license from competent authorities'.

The Tribunal found merit in the application filed by the Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), New Delhi; which raised the issue of 'large scale illegal cutting of trees in forest areas across the country'.

The Hindu
Reported By: Ms Akanksha Jain
on 25 Nov 2014

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NGT Order

Environmental Minister is Lunching IISD-CMI's India Climate Neutral Program 2008-2030 along with UNEP at UN Building, 55 Lodhi State, New Delhi-110003.

Where IISD-CMI extends all A to Z Services for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption facilitation for all the Stackholders, right from Industries to Governments, Institutions to Individuals, in terms of Technology Transfer for GHGs Emission Reduction to Development of Indigenous Technology, Promotion of Clean Energy Technology and Supporting Massive Tree Plantation Programs, which would help in Carbon Sequestration.

Times of India
on 06th June 2008
Reported By: TOI Staff Reporter

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