Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 3:
The fifth annual scientific event of the Odisha Environment Congress (OEC), 2014 would be held in Bhubaneswar from December 22 to 24.
In a preparatory meeting held here today, chief functionaries of NGOs, networks, research and consulting agencies, universities, experts and media persons discussed the modalities of undertaking the activities under OEC, 2014.
It may be mentioned that the OEC is being organized as an annual scientific event since 2010 by Human Development Foundation–Centre for Development Action and Research (HDF-cDAR), Bhubaneswar, Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram, and Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), Bhubaneswar.
The event provides a unique opportunity to academicians, researchers, scientists, planners, policy makers, students and practitioners for discussing and deliberating upon issues concerning environment.
OEC also provides scope for publication and presentation on Odisha specific research based articles in the chosen theme.
The theme of this year’s conferences is “Climate Change and Environment: Issues and Challenges for Odisha”.
The themes for previous years were “Water and Environment” in the year 2010, “Forest and Environment” in 2011, “Energy and Environment” in 2012 and “Agriculture and Environment” in 2013.
On behalf of the organizing committee, former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Dhirendra K Roy said prior to the conference scheduled at the RMNH premises, a series of activities are planned to create massive awareness.
Like previous years, the Congress will include a keynote and invited presentations by experts. All the papers shall be included in a printed volume that will be released in the inaugural session of the Congress, Roy added.
Since one of the key objectives of the Congress is to promote young researchers below 35 years of age, there will be an award for young scientists for best paper.
Besides, there will be an open forum with participation of general public, policy makers, researchers, farmers, NGOs and activists to discuss the perspectives and strategies for climate change implications, adaptation and mitigation in Odisha’s context. There is also a plan to reward few grass root level persons/CSOs who have done exemplary work in the field of climate change, Roy informed.
Among others, former chief secretary SB Mishra, former member of Board of Revenue Dr Aurobindo Behera, Abasar Beuria, state head, UNDP Dr Ambika Nanda, Dr LN Mishra, Dr Padmaja Mishra, Dr Bhagirathi Behera, Dr Babu Ambat, managing trustee, HDF-cDAR Sudarsan Das, C&HO, RMNH GN Indresha, Dr Premanada Panda, Prof SN Patro, Director, RCDC Suresh Bisoi, PK Nayak, Executive Director, Vasundhara Y Giri Rao and Premanada Parida discussed about various aspects of organizing OEC 2014.