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Aug 23, 2018
6:59PM

NITI Aayog releases five thematic reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region

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NITI Aayog today released five thematic reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region. It was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant and member Dr V K Saraswat in New Delhi.

The themes include Inventory and Revival of Springs in Himalayas for Water Security, Sustainable Tourism, Transformative Approach to Shifting Cultivation, Strengthening Skill and Entrepreneurship Landscape in Himalayas. Listing challenges in all five thematic areas, the reports said, nearly 30 per cent of springs crucial to water security of people are drying and 50 per cent have reported reduced discharge.

Reports said, Himalayan Tourism which is growing annually at 6.8 per cent has crated huge challenge related to solid waste, water, traffic, loss of bio-cultural diversity. According to an official release, the call for action include setting up of a Himalayan Authority for coordinated and holistic development of entire Himalayan region and launching of Himalaya Calling : An Awareness to Action Campaign as people’s movement.

 

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