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Discussion on Water and Climate Change

June 18, 2010

June 17, 2010

New Delhi - Navdanya and Core Group for Tibetan
Cause, India jointly organized a discussion on
‘Water and Climate Change’ at IIC Annexe, New Delhi on 16 June 2010.

The panelists for the discussion were Dr. Vandana
Shiva, founder-director of Navdanya, Dr.
Ramaswamy Iyer, former Secretary of Water
Resources, Government of India, Mr. B.G.
Verghese, prominent Senior Journalist and a
honorary professor of Centre for Policy Research,
who was a recipient of Magsaysay Award for
Journalism, Mr. Vijay Kranti, Journalist and
Tibet expert, and Mr. Tenzin Norbu, executive
head of Environment and Development Desk of
Department of Information and International
Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala.

The discussion started with the welcome and
introductory note by Dr. Nand Kishore Trikha,
National Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause.

Dr. Vandaya Shiva raised the issue of water
crisis in India and the disappearing ground water
in Punjab and the melting of glaciers in Northern
belt of India like Zansker range.

Dr. Ramaswamy Iyer discussed about the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
report on Climate change and later claimed that
water crisis is created by us (human) referring to Greed vs. need.

Mr. B.G. Verghese however, dealt more on damming
in China and he sensed less worried about the
consequences of the China’s damming, as he
suggested more concrete and common initiatives
between India and China. He surfaced the reality
of India’s expertise on Water by saying that
India did not have advance resources like
climatologist, Glaciologists, meteorologist.

Mr. Vijay Kranti, through his pictorial
presentation on Tibet, iterated that the massive
population transfer in Tibet leads to the
ecological disturbances inside Tibet. Tenzin
Norbu stressed on damming, melting of the
permafrost in Tibet and global warming. He warned
that, with the rise of the temperature in Tibet,
the permafrost melts, which resulted in an
irreversible damage to the Tibet’s ecosystem.
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