National Conference on Climate Change,Biodiversity and Sustainable Capacity Building
March 2016, Srinagar, Kashmir
Focal Theme: Managing Our Common Future:Mountains for Devlopement
About the Conference

Mountains and communities living in the mountainous regions offer an uncommon opportunity for understanding ecosystem and community resilience and adaptation actions. Mountain ecosystems and biodiversity as well as associated traditional knowledge associated with mountains have always remained as the cornerstone for sustainable development in the region. This relationship has long been recognized through the decisions of the Conference of Parties to the CBD and through the adoption of Millennium Development Goal number seven on environmental sustainability. Biodiversity also has a very important role to play in climate change mitigation and adaptation. With regards to climate change adaptation, healthy, intact ecosystems have long provided critical ecosystem services, providing people with food and shelter, protecting communities from drought and floods, and building the basis of much of our traditional knowledge, innovations and practices.

As climate change threatens food security, increases exposure to natural disasters and changes the very nature of the environment in which we live, these ecosystem services will become even more important and valued. Climate change is projected to have a significant effect upon the future rate of biodiversity loss. There is therefore an urgent need to identify the key mechanisms underpinning climate change impacts on biodiversity in order to best select climate change adaptation strategies. It is also essential that the scale of these changes are clearly communicated to policy and decision-makers.

Kashmir welcomes the opportunity to host the National Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Capacity Building, in Srinagar. The scheduled congress organized by Global Scientific Research Foundation, Bangalore, India in association with Centre for Climate Change and Mountain Agriculture, S. K. University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) will provide a forum for reorienting policies and programs for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, the mountain agro--biodiversity in particular, in the context of global warming.

It will provide a scientific platform for conservation leaders, thinkers, and practitioners, scientists, natural resource managers, and environmental consultants to planners, environmental advocates, and corporate and public policy-makers to exchange knowledge, discuss issues, share innovations, and network. Scientific understanding of the relationship between human activity and ecosystem integrity has significantly advanced over the last decades. From climate to biogeochemical cycles and the distribution and abundance of individual species, nature is profoundly affected. This conference will help traditional communities and conservation scientists to collaboratively generate knowledge about nature and its conservation. This conference will highlight the crucial role that Climate Change plays in our Global society and will be an attempt to relate to the global millennium goals in order to achieve sustainable development. GSRF through this conservation conference will highlight the impact of climate change on biodiversity and discuss ways to enhance community participation in the management of biodiversity at all levels. It will also deliberate the ways and means to improve biodiversity-based rural livelihood.