Cultural And Social Exchange In Indian Mountains : SMD-III At Kohima, India

Jul 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Advocacy, Climatic Changes in Himalayas, Development and Climate Change, Ecosystem Functions, Events, Governance, Information and Communication, Land, Lessons, News, Population, Upcoming Events, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water

SMDS2013Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) – is a registered not-for-profit forum where the Naga civil society, academia, entrepreneurs, government and the media collectively discuss and work in facilitating the state towards a sustainable development pathway. The SDFN aims to facilitate dialogues, research and sustainable policy making in mind the state’s economy, environment and issues of leadership, research and documentation.

Summit themes

Cross-cutting themes

Each of the themes shall be supplemented by sub themes that will further broaden the subject matter but with a focus. The themes will be interlinked and further enriched through the cross-cutting themes listed below.

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Gender

Aims and Objectives of Summit

  • To enhance public awareness and consciousness of the necessity of the application of the principles of sustainable consumption and development so as to ensure the realisation of an equitable, environmentally oriented, self-sustaining development and to ensure its continued sustainability in the future.
  • To promote the development of knowledge, theory and practice of sustainable development in its various aspects and to improve the level of skills and capabilities for its realisation.
  • To promote the development of human resources with the perspective of sustainable development and also enhancement of the knowledge and capabilities which would help in participation at the level of state, national, regional and international leadership for the realisation of sustainable development.
  • To promote values which are conducive to institutional development for the realisation of sustainable development in state, national, regional and international spheres
  • To conduct seminars, scientific meetings, discussions and promote writing of the national, regional and international dimensions so as to broaden the dissemination and communication of knowledge on sustainable development.
  • To promote policies that seeks to protect the environment and promote development in a sustainable manner.
  • To work, promote and network with individuals, communities and organisations that strive towards attaining a society that is sustainable, fair and just.


The overall objective of the Kohima Summit: SMDS-III will continue to be in line with the objectives of the previous two other Sustainable Mountain Development Summits (SMDS) of the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) which is to provide a platform for Indian Himalayan states to come together to discuss issues of development priority, as well as, to find ways to influence national and state public policies.

The primary objective of the Kohima Summit therefore will be to look at, share and understand policy and governance issues particularly around the proposed themes so as to learn from and suggest key interventions based on field experiences and intellectual inputs.

The Kohima Summit proposes to also initiate the process of cultural and social exchanges amongst the different mountain states and communities. To supplement this special site visits based on the themes; home stays; culture, music and food expositions and other events will be organised.

A special session – Meeting of Youth from Mountain States – will also be organised as a pre-summit activity and the outcomes of this meeting shall feed into the main discussions of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit.

Call for Papers

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