The Mountain Forestry Symposium will provide a forum for over 200 regional and global experts – including cross sectoral policy makers, scientists, practitioners, donors, civil servants, media, market actors, and legal experts – to outline the way forward. The conference will include high level representation from all of the mountain states of India, as well as the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and other key ministries. All eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas, as well as key global mountain forestry centres, will be represented as well
The conference aims to: - share and build new knowledge of ecotourism policy and practice to progress ecotourism in protected areas - bring forward realistic solutions to advance ecotourism management practice in a platform for peer learning - develop global partnerships and regional (local) networks for bringing positive change and sustainability in the ecotourism sector
The conference is organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and jointly hosted by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), Myanmar.
The conference is endorsed by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and has support from key sponsors, including the GMS-Environment Operations Center, the European Union, EMPOWER Consultancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Kempinski Hotel
He is currently working on two books: a book on urban earthquakes, and a book on Mt. Everest. The Everest book is linked to his work in deriving a new height for the mountain and discusses the geology, geodesy and geophysics of the Himalaya
Finance Minister Mr Ishaq Dar said that the government would accord due importance to environmental protection and that Pakistan would contribute to global debate on climate change. He expressed appreciation for ICIMOD’s efforts and asked the organization to co-ordinate with concerned ministries to implement its R&D programme in Pakistan. The meeting was also attended by the United Nations Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne, who applauded ICIMOD’s role in generating knowledge of mountains in the HKH region