About the Conference

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them, at least, as it was handed over to us.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

The relationship between mankind and the environment has mostly been one of conquest rather than symbiosis. We claim that we have tamed our environs and thus, improved our status as well as our livelihoods.  Analysis of the environmental disasters is a clear indicator that in the interest of humanity, humans must learn to adapt to the environment. Climate change, global warming and natural disasters are a wake-up call to humanity that they should stop polluting the earth and the need of the hour is to strive a symbiotic relationship with the environment through sensitive and researched environmental management, adaptation, mitigation and risk reduction.

This International Conference will provide a platform to all the stake holders and the beneficiaries of global society to discuss and analyse specific questions relating to the environment and its management. The focus would be to collectively bring such solutions to the persistent environmental issues, which would support an all inclusive growth that sustains not just the environment, but, even the human life and livelihoods. Adverse effect of environmental degradation and environmental disasters knows no bounds.  The deliberations in the interactive and technical sessions are to bring forth the remedial and preventive measures that need to be taken to protect the global environment. 

The Conference endeavors to bring together Judges, Environmentalists, scientists, lawyers and other members of the society to dialogue on key topics, such as, unplanned development, impact of sinking ships, effect of oil spills on marine environment, Electronic waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, impact of climate change and international dispute resolution mechanisms on environmental issues.

There will be six technical sessions in the International Conference in which various environmental issues will be deliberated upon by eminent Speakers from all over the world. The technical sessions will be dealing with diverse aspects of environment including Global Warming and Disaster Management, World Oceans, Improving Public Health by Preventing Eminent Causes of Pollution; Forest, Wildlife, Development and Environment, Municipal Solid Waste Management and Substantial Environmental Issues – Remedy and Law.  The brain storming and interactive sessions with conflicting ideas would not only ensure healthy discussion and result oriented problem resolution, but, would also provide creative solutions to the above, as creativity comes from conflict of ideas.

In these sessions some of the key topics such as ozone layer depletion, impact of climate change, unplanned development, impact of sinking ships and waste disposal on marine eco-system, noise and air pollution, environmental toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis, changing principles of sustainable development in developed and developing countries, loss of bio-diversity, effective methodology for collection, segregation and disposal of municipal waste, international dispute resolution mechanisms will be dealt with.

It is only through International Conferences like these and the knowledge we imbibe there from, that we can prepare ourselves for taking suitable actions against challenges, such as managing the environment as well as mitigating and adapting to the many impacts of climate change.

(Justice Swatanter Kumar)

 

Conference Themes

CLIMATE CHANGE

  1. Climate Change Awareness: Creating effective social mobilization and the way ahead
  2. UN Climate Change Regime : International Law making in Climate Change
  3. Climate change and efficient chemical management:  HCFC, VOC, POPs, HFC
  4. Rule of law and climate change
  5. Climate Change Refugees: Issue & Strategies 

BIO – DIVERSITY

  1. Protection of Himalayan Biodiversity and Hill-Plain interface for Sustainability
  2. Natural Calamites: its interaction and mutuality’s with Bio-Diversity
  3. Transboundary Bio-Diversity issues
  4. Mechanisms for Access and benefit Sharing
  5. Biodiversity, IPR and traditional knowledge
  6. Biodiversity and Valuation of Ecosystem services

MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

  1. Establishing MSW Facilities ---- Siting and other allied issues
  2. Reconciling Waste to Energy (WTE) Plants with Air Pollution commitments
  3. Segregation and Disposal of waste at Source ----- Strategies and Challenges
  4. Phasing out of Chlorinated and Disposable Plastics ----- The way ahead
  5. Municipal solid waste ----- Innovative approaches
  6. Bio-medical waste: Environment and Public Health
  7. E-waste: A Challenge

EVIRONMENT & PUBLIC HEALTH

  1. Co-relation of Air Pollution and human health ----- A scientific approach
  2. Noise pollution and health
  3. Water pollution and public health
  4. Environmental degradation ----- A public health issue
  5. Sustainable Development: Human Environment & Public Health.

AIR POLLUTION

  1. Urban area air quality management
  2. Hazardous air pollutants: Emerging scenario
  3. Episodal Air pollution: Challenges and response
  4. Vehicular emissions and pollution control strategies
  5. Urban air Quality and Public Health
  6. Electromagnetic radiations ----- A pollutant through Cellular Phones

WATER POLLUTION

  1. River Basin approach for control of riverine water pollution
  2. Opportunities of reuse and recycle of treated sewage
  3. Persistent pollutants in waste water treatment
  4. Zero Liquid discharge approach for industrial waste treatment
  5. Marine pollution ----- International obligations

 

PARIS AGREEMENT – 2015

  1. Paris agreement - Way forward
  2. Paris agreement - Issues and strategies
  3. Opportunities of climate finance in realm of climate change
  4. Impact of climate change on coastal environment

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION & RESTORATION

  1. Strategies and techniques for environmental remediation and restoration
  2. Remediation of hazardous waste dumping sites
  3. Remediation of legacy municipal solid waste disposal sites: Techniques and case studies
  4. Ground water contamination: Remediation and restoration techniques

 

CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES & CLEANER PRODUCTION

  1. Green chemistry
  2. Climate resilient manufacturing technologies
  3. Innovative interventions ----- Treaties and Conventions
  4. Resource recovery and conservation
  5. Regulatory interventions for cleaner production

 

FOREST & WILDLIFE

  1. Deforestation and Judicial interventions in India
  2. Forests and climate change
  3. Managing man Animal Conflict in Urban and Rural areas
  4. Endangered Habitats: Balancing Development and Conservation
  5. Critical Assessment of Compensatory Afforestation.

ECONOMICS & ENVIRONMENT

  1. Green economy and greening the supply chain
  2. Principles of responsible investment
  3. Assessment of environmental damages ----- Scientific tools and techniques
  4. Feasible Socio-economic incentives for adopting green technology
  5. Climate Change Finance ----- Tussle between International Obligations and National Goals

 

INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TOOLS

  1. Use of remote sensing tools for environmental management. 
  2. Emission trading and set offs
  3. Need of Uniform environment quality monitoring protocol
  4. Role of public participation and awareness in environmental governance
  5. Decentralization of Environment Impact Assessment ----- An appraisal.
  6. Regulating Tourism in the light of Environmental Concerns

 

ROLE OF COURTS AND TRIBUNALS

  1. Environmental Jurisprudence
  2. Judicial pronouncements and their Implementation
  3. NGT-A Five Years Journey and way Ahead