STATE TIMES NEWSLeh: Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), Jammu University in collaboration with the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College London (UCL) organised a workshop on ‘Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards – Disaster management Planning’ at the Grand Dragon hotel, Leh. The workshop comprised of two sessions, the morning session focused on the disaster management planning and disaster response with the policy makers, and the evening session was an open interaction with the stakeholders, particularly the community representatives and general public. This will be followed with ‘Back to Community’ programme in Turtuk, and children’s education programme in Partapur scheduled on 10/11 July and 12 July respectively. The morning session started with the introduction of the workshop by Dr Jessica Fields (Jindal University, Haryana and UCL). Prof G.M Bhat (IERT and Deptt of Geology, University of Jammu) gave an introduction to the GCRF-NERC funded research project titled “Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Border Conflict Zones”. This project that lasted form 9 months (Jan to Oct 2017) involved collection of data from entire Shyok-Nubra Valley. The Chief Guest of this session was Saugat Biswas, Divisional Commissioner of Ladakh who presided over the discussions that followed the presentation by Mosses Kunzang, Additional Deputy Commissioner. Biswas emphasised the importance of the presentation of the research outcomes in the digestible format for its implementation at the grass-root level by bringing together the researchers, bureaucracy, and the government engineers on the same page. The evening session started with the welcome address by Dr Jessica Fields which was attended by the stakeholders of Ladakh region. They included P.T Kunzan, President Ladakh Buddhist Association; Dechanchamgah, Chairman, Christian Community; Ashraf Ali, President, Imamia, Leh; President, Hotel and Guest Houses Leh; President, All Ladakh Tour Association; President, Merchant Association; Dr. Abdul Qayum, President, Anjuman Moin-ul-Islam, Leh and President, All Ladakh Taxi Operator Union. She appraised about the institutional framework and the funding and outcome of the project which started in 2017.
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