(From left) Rituraj Phukan, environmentalist and secretary general, Green Guard Nature Organization; Saurav Malhotra, designer-rural futures, Balipara Foundation; and Dr KK Sarma, head, Assam Agricultural University, at a media gathering in Guwahati on Tuesday

Guwahati: Balipara Foundation will hold the 5th edition of the ‘Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum’ in Assam on November 1 and 2.

Announcing this at a media gathering at the Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday, Saurav Malhotra, designer-rural futures, Balipara Foundation, said that several global think tanks will present cases studies and panel discussions on key components of the rural futures framework. Some of these include ethnography, human-centric geology, ethno-botany, water and sanitation, education, mindful tourism, alternate financing and technology advancements, among others.

The forum will also provide meaningful insights on prototypes, actions and solutions that are impacting community conservation from snowline to sealine, Malhotra added.

The forum, which is a multi-disciplinary platform for innovation and collaboration, will host over 600 delegates from over 14 countries that will include conservationists, local communities, earth heroes, wilderness management experts, technologists, grassroots leaders, social impact organisations, educators, governments and key influencers from the field.

“We have seen several key outcomes and resolutions emanate from the forum, which have a direct influence on ideas and actions on ground leading towards Asian elephant conservation, successful community conservation models and biodiversity audits. It also presents ample opportunities for networking, partnerships and direct multi-level, multi-state and multi-country conversations to build,” said Rituraj Phukan, environmentalist and secretary general, Green Guard Nature Organization.

“Integrating an element of interactivity, last year, we took a water pledge with the attendees led by Priyanka Yoshikawa, Miss World Japan, 2016,” he added.

While addressing the media, Dr KK Sarma, head, Assam Agricultural University, said that the forum invites prominent speakers, organisations and thought-provokers.

Some of the key influencers participating in this year’s forum include food sovereignty advocate Vandana Shiva; philanthropist Diana Owen; local historian Mark Davies; and media guru Bittu Sahgal. Some of the organisations participating this year are Current Conservation, Sanctuary Nature Foundation, World Wildlife Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Trust of India and Wildlife Trust of India, among others.

Local leaders from the Assamese, Adivasi, Bodo, Bengali, Garo, Mising, Nepalese, Nyishi and Rajbongshi communities will also share their experiences and conservation stories at the forum.

This year, the 6th Balipara Foundation Awards 2018 will recognise 13 new ‘Earth Heroes’, who put into action innovative solutions for ecological restoration. The awards will be given out on November 2.

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