International workshop on Increasing Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Border Conflict Zones inaugurated

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Newspoint Bureau
Leh, July 10
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) organized 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.
This 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. Professor R D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu and chief-guest of the event inaugurated the workshop. The other guests present were Professor Peter Sammonds (IRDR-UCL), Professor G M Bhat, Institute of Energy Research and Training (IERT), University of Jammu, Dr. Bindra Ban Thusu, IERT and UCL, and Professor Renu Nanda, Department of Education, University of Jammu.
In this session the purpose and goals of the workshop were highlighted. The project is aimed at building 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.

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