Leh, July 11
International workshop on Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Border Conflict Zones was inaugurated by Professor R D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu at Grand Dragon Hotel Leh Ladakh.
The Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), and Postgraduate Department of Geology, University of Jammu, and Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College London (UCL) organised a Two Day workshop in the Grand Dragon Hotel – Ladakh. The workshop was attended by the invited speakers and other delegates from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, France, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Spain, the UK and the USA. The workshop was inaugurated by Professor R D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu; Prof. Sharma was also the chief-guest of the event. The other guests present were: Prof Peter Sammonds (IRDR-UCL), Prof G. M. Bhat (IERT-UoJ), Dr. Bindra Ban Thusu (IERT and UCL), and Prof. Renu Nanda (Department of Education, UoJ). In this session the purpose and goals of the workshop were highlighted. The aim of this project is to build resilience to environmental hazards for communities in border conflict zones in northern India by employing a co-produced approach among natural, social and historical sciences Analyse the history of disasters, disaster diplomacy and the cultural a’nd political developments in a border zone, assessing the retrospective impact of conflict on resilience, approaches to disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery and adaptation. Professor R. D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu appreciated the initiative taken by the IERT, JU and UCL over the past decade to make the societies resilient to the various types of natural environmental hazards. He also congratulated the people of the region for co-operating with the scientists visiting to the Nubra Valley and Leh.
The workshop focuses on building resilience in frontier conflict zones subjected to multiple environmental hazards. The rationale is that resilience can be addressed through understanding the hazard risks and the heightened vulnerabilities of the people in the context of knowledge of the history of disasters and analysis of the impact of conflict on social relations.