International workshop on climate change being organized in Kashmir

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An International workshop on Climate Change, Glacial Retreat and Livelihoods is being organized at Srinagar by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with the Kashmir University and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) from October 12-14, 2009 at SKICC, Srinagar.

The Himalayan region hold the key to the India’s ecological and social security by virtue of its being a centre of biological and cultural diversity, the final destination of its life sustaining monsoons and a storehouse for water and other natural resources. “The glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, a large number of them may disappear by 2035 because of climate change”, warn some of the Indian and foreign environmentalists and geologists. The main reason for de-galcialation is the global warming. The atmospheric levels of Carbon Dioxide are increasing in the earth’s atmosphere thereby decreasing the escape of infrared radiations leading to rise in temperature. The tourism paradise of India i.e. Jammu and Kashmir will not escape this catastrophe and there is visible impact of climate change in terms of the change in seasons and the water regime of the State. It is in this backdrop that the three days workshop is being held at Srinagar to chalk out action plan to mitigate the deleterious effects of climate change in the State.

Internationally acclaimed environmentalists Dr. R. K. Pachauri of TERI will be the guest of honour and the workshop is likely to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.

Large numbers of international and national experts from University, research organization, forest, industry, other departments, NGOs etc. are participating in the deliberations.

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