Kohima, Sept. 13: Over 200 representatives from different organisations, top government officials and lawmakers will attend the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-III in Kohima from September 24-27 to discuss and bring mountain concerns to the centrestage in regional, national and global policies.
Over 200 representatives and 30 lawmakers, including Union minister for rural development, Jairam Ramesh, will attend the summit.
The summit, initiated by the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI), will be attended by people from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and the hill districts of Assam, Tripura and West Bengal.
Chief secretary Alemtemshi Jamir said these regions have a unique eco-system, which support a rich diversity of people, cultures and bio-diversity. They also have a distinct tradition of conservation and natural resources management based on indigenous knowledge systems, practices and movements.
The first such summit was held at Nainital in Uttarakhand in May 2011 and second at Gangtok in Sikkim.
The Kohima summit is being supported by the state government and organised by Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN).
Each state will host at least one meeting with potential partners and stakeholders to discuss the summit programme and the formation of collective fora to work with the IMI network.
The summit will also have a one-and-a-half day grassroots comics workshop for the youth in Nagaland.