Chairman Ranjit Barthakur, FICCI North East Council, Amar Abrol CEO and MD Air Asia with Mrs. Abrol.
The distinctive richness of the Eastern Himalayas can be attributed to its colorful biodiversity, numerous niche ecosystems, and vibrant communities. Understanding the dynamics, structure, and functioning of these systems adds an enormous complexity to not only their conservation and restoration, but also in engaging stakeholders and finding innovative long-term solutions.
Founded on the principle, “Real Innovation happens at the edges of disciplines”, the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum provides a platform to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration and innovation. Launched under the aegis of ‘Asian Elephants in the Wild Talk’ and ‘Balipara Foundation Awards’, in 2016, it was rebranded as the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, to expand the conversations beyond single-species conservation.
Thus far, the forum has seen theparticipation of over 1400 individuals from 20+ countries, and representatives from 22 Indian States,including Scientists, Botanists, Conservationists, Ecologists, Administrators, Government and Forest Department officials. This multi-disciplinary group discussed a broad swathe of issues with a special focus on the plight of Asian Elephants in the wild and in captivity.
The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016 (EHNF ‘16) is the evolutionary outcome spanning three years, covering three editions of the Balipara Foundation Environmental Awards (2013-14-15) and two editions of the ‘Asian Elephant in the Wild’ Conferences (2014-15). Over the last three years, our events have primarily focused on Asian Elephants attracting participation from 30+ Countries and 50+ Organizations including Governments, NGOs, Corporates, Civil Societies, Universities and others.
We are now broadening our scope and deepening our search for pragmatic, multi-disciplinary conservation solutions in the Eastern Himalayan Region!
The 2nd Edition of the Elephant Talk Conference 2015 culminated on the 6th of November 2015. The two-day event, , was conceived to delve upon the topics corridor-connectivity, conflict resolution & long-term planning, with the aim to create consensus on priority imperatives to drive meaningful conversation in the North Eastern Region of India and bordering states of Bhutan & Myanmar. Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman of the Balipara Foundation said that “conservation action cannot be fragmented as issues that face the Asian Elephant are common across all organizations & stakeholders. Conservation Organizations working in the Region have to come together under a common platform to ensure that each effort compliments the other and responds to a common goal”. The Conference was participated by all the leading Organizations & Experts from various facets of Wildlife Conservation (Governmental & Non-Governmental) to brainstorm upon the topics at hand and come up with a list of priority actionables that need to be immediately addressed and, most importantly, prescribe a structure of governance most likely to deliver on these priorities. The Event was organized with support from WTI, WWF, WCS, IUCN, ANCF, Club of Rome, Corbett Foundation & APPL Foundation.
The 1st Edition of the Asian Elephants in the Wild: Elephant Talk Conference 2014 was held on the 6th & 7th of November 14 in Guwahati, Assam, India. It was the biggest congregation of environmentalists, conservationists, scientists, researchers, geographers, wildlife managers ever assembled in the North East to deliberate & ponder upon the future of wild elephant populations in India, Myanmar, and Bhutan. The outcomes of the event was represented in the form of a 10 Point Resolution that represented some of the imperatives of conservation.
A total of 55 consumer products, brands and services emerged winners in various categories at a red carpet award ceremony for the North-East Consumer Awards 2013, held at the D’ Royal Audotorio in Guwahati on last Saturday. Shri Ranjit Barthakur, the founder and chairman of Globally Managed Services; and Sri Bimal Kumar Baruah, executive director-cum-asset manager of ONGC Assam Asset were conferred with Life Time Achievement Awards. Shri Bhubaneswar Kalita, Chairman, House Committee, Rajya Sabha attended the occasion as chief guest while H.E. Mr. Saw Myint Oo, Minister of Sangaing region of Myanmar and H.E. Mr. U Myint Than, Minister of Mandalay region of Myanmar was the guests of honour.
After the formal welcome address by the Chief Minister and introductions, a presentation on the Skill Development initiatives in Meghalaya was made by Mr. M S Rao, Principal Secretary, Labour Department, Government of Meghalaya followed by a speech by Mr. Ranjit Barthakur and Mr. S Ramadorai, Chairman NSDA. The following points emerged from the speeches and discussions.