STH was a part of a 14 member team from Darjeeling district which attended the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit III at Kohima, Nagaland between 25-27Sep2013. This was the first time that Darjeeling was represented independantly (earlier we attended as a part of the Sikkim delegation) and I am glad to say we did have participants for all the three major themes under discussion during the summit ie WATER, AGRICULTURE and FORESTS.
The summit, organized jointly by CHEA, ECOSS and SDFN was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Mt Neiphiu Rio on 25Sep2013 and had representation from all the 11 Indian mountain states plus two mountain districts (Darjeeling being one) and had senior executives/officials from the Govt of India (MOEF) as well as those from UNDP, ICIMOD, GIS, Swiss govt in attendance.
It gave STH a wonderful opportunity to talk about landslides in a thematic session held on "Hydrological Disasters" and also to interact with many who were interested in the landslide disaster scenario in this part of the world.
STH has been a part of the SMD Summits since its inception in 2011 and wishes to thank the organizers of SMDS III for making our participation possible this time also.
You can read more about SMDS III here (1,2 and 3)