02-DEC-2018: Three Day International Conference on Water Crisis inaugurated at AMU
Aligarh, December 2:`Water is a unique gift of nature to our living planet and the climate change is a major predicament being faced by the world and one of the major impacts that climate change adversely affect water` said the Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor in the inaugural session of three day ( December 1-3) International Conference on Global Water Crisis: Agriculture and Food Security in the Era of Climate Change was organized by Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at Kennedy Auditorium .
Prof Mansoor hoped that the conference will provide an insight into understanding the problems and consequences of climate change and water crisis being faced globally and its remedial measures. Further, greeting the foreign participants, he added the young scholars and global partners participating in the conference will achieve greater heights and provide a platform to share knowledge.
The Chief Guest Dr Ashwin B Pandya (Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage ICID) said, water is the harbinger of life and society and its political, socio structures are critically dependent upon it and the survival and sustenance paradigms based on water-food-energy nexus will die down if the adaptation strategies are not placed in position timely.
Praising, AMU and the organizers of the conference, he showed confidence that the planners and researchers participating in the session will come out with solution for climate change effects.
He added ICID has adopted the mission `` A World Free of Hunger` and working with missionary zeal in 78 countries.
Special Guest on the occasion Prof Yukio Himlyama, (President, International Geographical Union (IGU)), expressed his happiness that AMU Geography Department has organized Executive Meet of (IGU) and International Seminar.
He reiterated that water crisis and its adverse consequences on the natural equilibrium of our environment is the biggest threat that our planet is facing. He said such platforms provide participants to deliberate on the crisis and develop better understanding on the subject.
Special Guest, Prof RB Singh (Secretary General and Treasurer, IGU) said that National Water Mission NWM, with objective of conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution both across and within states through integrated water resources development and management.
Guest of Honor, Dr S Masood Husain, said that it is call of the hour to ensure adequate supply of water for drinking, agriculture, energy production, industries for sustaining growth and this can only be done through proper management of water resources. He expressed confidence that recommendation of the conference will pave the way for providing a suitable environment for ensuring sustainable development.
The Guest of Honor Dr KJ Ramesh (Director General, IMD), informed that India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has taken major steps in improving the weather, climate and hazards warning services capabilities in the country and other institutes MoES are working strenuously in providing better weather and climate services to all users by further augmenting modeling and observation network.
Prof Mohd Shakir (Dean Faculty of Sciences), said that water conservation is one of the major global challenge of 21st century. In order to overcome the water scarcity and food security, the holistic approach is needed for balanced regional development.
In his welcome address Prof Ateeque Ahamad (Chairperson and Convener), acknowledged the support received from the Vice Chancellor for the conference. He said the proposed theme addressing one of the burning issues of the globe and its collective responsibility to find out plausible measures to mitigate and adapt in accordance with climate change and to orient the resilient path towards development.
Five Books authored and edited by faculty of Geography were also released. A Bi-Annual Journal, The Geographer Vol.65 was also released with General Index Vol 1, which is compiled by Dr Ahmad Mujtaba Siddiqui (Department of Geography, AMU). A large number of delegates assembled for this conference out of which there are 18 foreign delegates representing 8 countries. To felicitate guests mementos were also distributed.
Prof Nizamuddin Khan proposed the vote of thanks and Prof Naushad Ahmad conducted the proceedings.
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