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Meet of the Mountain States held

New Delhi, Feb 14: The fourth edition of the Meet of the Mountain States organized by the Integrated Mountain Initiative was held at WWF India Secretariat in New Delhi. The Meet deliberated on subjects of water security, skill development and disaster risk reduction in the mountains. The Meet was iugurated by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju. Members of Parliament, Dr. ThokchomMeinya (Manipur), Vincent Pala (Meghalaya), Jitendra Chaudhury (Tripura), P.D.Rai (Sikkim) and former Member of Parliament Tarun Vijay were also present.

The Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) is a civil society organisation formed in 2011, aimed at redefining the architecture of sustaible development across the 12 mountain states in the Indian Himalayan Region. It is a collective initiative for recognizing the value of mountain regions and ebling people to realise its potential by integrating the knowledge and experiences of multiple stakeholders. IMI operatiolizes this platform through its annual Sustaible Development Summits (SMDS) and Meet of Mountain States (MoMS) by engaging different stakeholders to come together and engage in informed debates on themes relevant to the mountain regions.

Rijiju stressed on the need to work in convergence to ensure sustaible development in the mountain regions of India. He also highlighted the dilemmas of livelihoods in the development context and environmental consequences of development facing the mountain cities.

As a part of the Meet, a legislators’ dialogue was also held.

The Meet was convened by Alemtemshi Jamir, President of IMI and former Chief Secretary of galand. Several eminent leaders of the development sector from organisations such as FAO (UN), NECTAR, NSDC, ICIMOD, SDC, WWF were also present. This was stated in a press release.

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