On the sidelines of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV (SMDS IV), Indian Himalayan Legislators meet was organised in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on 8th October 2015 by The Global Legislator Organisation (GLOBE) India and CANSA. The event was the fourth edition of GLOBE India Legislators’ Meet and was attended by legislators from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and representatives from Laddakh.
The highlights of the deliberations made during the event are:
- Legislators of Arunachal Pradesh decided to form the state chapter of GLOBE India to address the issues of climate change in the state.
- The legislators of Indian Mountain states decided to come together under the banner of GLOBE – IMI Pan Himalayan Legislators’ Forum to address the environment related policies and legislations needed to address the growing concerns in Himalayan States.
- The legislators in groups and in their own States, would seriously examine climate change related issues and come back in the next Summit with concrete and implementable policies, programmes and solutions to take the mantle of climate change adaptation and mitigation forward.
- A delegation of legislators from Himalayan States will take up the issues related to the sustainable development of mountain states by meeting Hon’ble Union Environment Minister Sri Prakash Javadekar during the winter session of parliament.
- It is decided that District Disaster Management Plans for 41 Districts across 11 mountain states to be prepared in within next one year. In addition legislators from mountain states will raise the issue of forming a separate building code for mountains at different forums including the state legislative assemblies and the parliament.
- Formation or identification of a knowledge sharing platform for the legislators will be conducted. It is also decided that opportunities for climate finance will be looked into by a team to fund implementation of innovative projects related to climate change adaptation and mitigation in mountain states.