National Conference on ‘Living With Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’
National Conference on ‘Living With Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’

20th June 2024, Dehradun

The National Conference on ‘Living with Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’ was organised at the Himalayan Cultural Center, Dehradun. The event was organized by the Indian Association of Soil & Water Conservationists in collaboration with the ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, from 20th -22nd June 2024.

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri. Pushkar Singh Dhami, wished for the success and productive deliberation of the conference, which was conveyed to the attendees.

National Conference on ‘Living With Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’  National Conference on ‘Living With Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’

The Chief Guest, Smt. Ritu Khanduri Bhushan, Speaker, Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, emphasized the importance of translating research into practical applications that benefit farmers and stakeholders, rather than limiting it to academic publications and accolades. She highlighted the proactive nature of the people and farmers of Uttarakhand and stressed the need for clear, scientifically-backed guidance to conserve resources and enhance livelihoods. Smt. Bhushan also spoke about the value of integrating traditional knowledge, culture, and elderly wisdom into modern conservation practices to promote sustainable living with nature.

National Conference on ‘Living With Nature: Soil, Water, and Society in Ecosystem Conservation’

Guest of Honor, Dr. Durgesh Pant, Director General of UCOST, briefed Uttarakhand as a ‘Solution State’ due to the significant knowledge generation from its reputed institutions.

Dr. Suman Kumar, General Manager of NABARD Dehradun, discussed NABARD's role in supporting technology development and dissemination. Ms. Neena Grewal, Project Director of the Watershed Management Directorate, Dehradun, was also present as a Guest of Honor.

Dr. M. Madhu, Director, ICAR-IISWC and Chairman, Organizing Committee, spoke about the scientific and technological achievements of ICAR-IISWC and accentuated the significance of the conference on Living with Nature being organized.

25 scientists were honored for their exemplary work and an exhibition featuring stalls from various research organizations, sponsors, and developmental agencies was opened for attendees during the programme.

About 350 scientists and scholars from ICAR institutes, State Agricultural Universities, national agencies like NBA, and international agencies like INBAR, along with 150 progressive farmers from various regions of the state, participated in the conference.

(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, Dehradun)

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