Shri Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of Rural Development Government of India, inaugurated the 5th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in the Himalayas at India International Centre in New Delhi on November 8, 2013.
He stressed on the importance of the public participation and awareness for the protection of environment and biodiversity. "I'm sure that at the end of the conference, there will not be only agenda for monasteries to adopt, but also for the larger public to be adopted. Public projection of the environmental concern is crucial," says Jairam Ramesh.
The 5-day conference starting from November 8 is on "Conservation of Freshwater Resources in the Himalayas" and has around 70 monks and nuns from Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Arunachal Pradesh state of India. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa welcomed the participants and guests of the inaugural session and wished the success of the conference.
Mr. Tenzin Norbu, Director of Environment and Development Desk of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala presented a paper on "The Importance of the Tibetan Plateau Hydroshed of Asia."