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Can natural water storage in the Himalayas address future needs in a changing climate?

Freshwater resources provided by the Hindu Kush-Himalayan mountains are a critical ecosystem service to more than 1.3 billion people in mountain and downstream areas, serving for various purposes such as hydropower, irrigation and human consumption. The resilience of freshwater provisioning, however, is highly at risk due to climatic and environmental changes. In this regard, innovative approaches and technologies are needed to enable upstream and downstream populations to better cope with the growing challenges. As the Himalayan environment provides water storage in various forms e.g.

The way forward after Rio+20 - Greening the economy through collective action for sustainability

The event will provide a platform for participants to discuss solutions to interlinked challenges such as poverty eradication, social development and ecological sustainability by exploring the importance of valuing and safeguarding ecosystems including biodiversity and the goods and services these provide as the bases for economic activity and the livelihoods on which many people depend. Discussions will revolve around the need for conducive and coherent policy and institutional frameworks as well as good governance and best practices.

From Forest Eco-corridor of Korean Peninsula to Northeast Asia Eco-corridor

Baekdudaegan that is North-east Asia eco-corridor was attacked and lost the networking function of ecosystems by people´s excessive activity such as making the border line, armed conflict and indiscreeting land use. Therefore, after recognizing the changes in animals and plants by ecological severance,
we would like to share the plans, opinions and ideas for the restoration of Northeast Asia´s
ecological networks function and how to build its cooperative restoration system.

The Wind Turbine: A Green Energy Generator or a Threat to the Ecosystem

Wind turbines are known as effective energy generating systems since they use the wind, which is renewable and freely available. Moreover, wind turbine companies claim that the system generates no pollution or waste in its operation. The American Wind Energy Association and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association assert that wind is currently the most cost-effective source of renewable energy.

The Preservation of the Ecology of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a unique strip of land, approximately 250km (160 miles) long and 4km (2.5 miles) wide. It runs across the Korean Peninsula from east to west, serving as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Since the Korean War armistice was declared in 1953, the ecology of the DMZ territory has been kept intact, and has evolved into a virtual treasure land of natural resources. In addition to its biological value, it is a historical place where many young people from 16 countries around the world sacrificed their lives.

Man, Development and Water: Issues and Challenges in Himalayas

Water being fulcrum of future pace of growth and development of any economy, it is expected that the proposed workshop will prove beneficial to understand the issues and challenges of water related development in context of human dimension as well know nature based solutions to climate change. In the process of development, man (human dimension) is lacking, there are policy makers and executor, but not involvement of those for whom these developmental activities have been planned.

Towards Mediterranean resilience: An adaptative model of governance

In recent times governance has become a matter of increasing interest in Mediterranean affairs particularly with respect to the conservation and management of biodiversity. Although the concept of governance may have various meanings within different contexts, it is important to focus on ways and means for improving the existing prescriptive and enforcement mechanisms for environmental protection of the Mediterranean terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems.

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