On 22nd September, Avinash Pratap Singh, Chief Operations Officer at Waste Warriors gave a presentation at the sixth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit in Aizawl organized by the Integrated Mountain Initiative. The event was based around two themes specific to the Himalayan region: climate change and sustainable mountain cities.
Avinash presented on water and waste management in mountain cities. In his speech, he illuminated strategies of waste management, infrastructure and development in mountain states, and disaster and risk reduction management.
The topic of climate change explored sub categories of research and policy gaps, state strategy and action plan on climate change (SSACC), and adaptation stories of success and failure.
“To achieve sustainable mountain development especially in the context of IHR,” the IMI reads, “it is essential that all concerned stakeholders are involved and that awareness is raised about mountain ecosystems, their fragility and prevalent problems, and about ways of addressing them… participation should extend from the international or national to the local level, and should involve all stakeholder groups, including government officers, scientists, technician, local communities, the private sector and NGOs.”