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Celebrating Ecology is Economy at the 10th Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Updated: 08/12/2022

Achieving a sustainable economic future for the Eastern Himalayas through climate action and biodiversity management 

Eastern Himalayan countries are warming faster than the rest of the world, and their communities are on the front lines of the climate and biodiversity crisis. The next 10 years will be crucial to placing ecology at the center of national and regional policy. The goal is to meet the growing risks posed by climate change to the region's food and water systems, as well as to its rural communities. The region’s rich biodiversity is a natural buffer against these threats. With this vision to bring together local stakeholders in communities, conservation and livelihoods to discuss pressing issues and opportunities for action, Balipara Foundation is preparing for the 10th Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics 2022 to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh between 11-13th December.

The Forum was launched in 2013 to find solutions to rewild Eastern Himalayan landscapes and create natural resilience for its communities and its wildlife. Since its inception, it has evolved into an interdisciplinary platform that fosters knowledge sharing, enabling community-led stewardship of ecosystems and their natural capital. The event will bring together over 100 speakers from 22 countries and celebrate the achievements of 13 earth heroes from across the Eastern Himalayan region - North East India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. 

Ranjit Barthakur, Founder, Balipara Foundation explains the importance of initiative and said, “Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world and its vulnerabilities  are compounded by the loss of dense forests in the Chittagong Hill tracts and along the coastline in the Sundarbans, diminishing overall watershed resilience in Bangladesh. Taking note of these losses, Bangladesh has been one of the leading voices behind the drive to include financing for loss and damage in global climate agreements, and to expand adaptation funding. Their leadership through natural climate resilience is why we chose e Bangladesh for the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2022.” 

Bangladesh’s push for natural climate resilience is encoded in the visionary Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan 2030 – to transition the country towards growth through climate resilience by the turn of the decade. 

The Forum 2022 in Dhaka will focus on how Bangladesh and the Eastern Himalayas can make most of this opportunity through -

●  Integration of interdependence of Ecology and Economy

●  Social, Economic, Environment and Enhanced Climate Resilience through the Delta Plan 2100 and Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan for development

●  Valuation of Natural Assets

●  Technology for Participatory Natural Asset Management

●  Wellbeing: Building Bridges between Development and Conservation for Human Resilience

●  Transboundary Ecological Diplomacy. 

The 3-day event will have key speakers from multiple domains including Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge & author of the Economics of Biodiversity produced for the UK Treasury; Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment at the LSE and author of the landmark Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change produced for the UK govt. in 2006; leading environmental activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva; Junaid Kamal Ahmad, India Director of the World Bank; H.E. Mashfee Binte Shams, Secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Saber Hossain Choudhury, Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Amb. Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India; H.E. Pranay Kumar Verma, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and more. 

The forum will also see the launch of several pan-regional initiatives to build youth leadership and capacity for rewilding the region and to drive funding and investments for scaling up proven local solutions to restoring ecosystems. 

About Balipara Foundation and Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 

Launched in 2007, the Balipara Foundation takes a community-based approach to conservation through a proprietary concept Naturenomics™ (Nature + Economics). Since the inception of Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum in 2013, it has brought together people from over 20+ countries, 2000+ distinguished speakers and participants from multi-disciplinary fields and recognized 121 grassroots environmental change-makers who have collectively restored over 2000 hectares of land, protected over 600 species and reaching nearly 3000 people. 

The Foundation achieves its vision for rewilding economies in the Eastern Himalayas through Rural Futures: rewilding to create sustainable livelihoods & socioeconomic mobility while restoring natural capital. Through the enriched natural capital, communities in the Eastern Himalayas secure the economic freedom to define and achieve their own wellbeing goals and aspirations. 

As of 2022, the Balipara Foundation manages over 7,000 Hectares of restored forest land, with over 7 million trees, and positively impacting over 16,000 people from rural and indigenous communities through direct implementation and capacity building for managing and monitoring restored forest lands.

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