Last Updated: Feb 07, 2024
The prelude to the International Water Conclave 2024 concluded on Wednesday with a successful Curtain Raiser event at the State Convention Centre, Shillong. Attended by esteemed dignitaries, experts, and stakeholders, the event set the stage for meaningful discussions and collaborations aimed at addressing water challenges in hill states.
The Curtain Raiser event commenced with fervor as it was graced by the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including the State Minister of the Water Resources Department Coming One Ymbon, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shakil P. Ahammed, Commissioner & Secretary, Soil & Water Conservation Department Dr. Joram Beda, and SC Sadhu, Secretary Water Resources, along with other officials, experts, and stakeholders from the water conservation sector.
In his address, Mr One Ymbon, said that Water is the essence of life and it has been an integral part of our culture and tradition. He added that we are faced with the reality of war, grappling with water scarcity, pollution, and climate change. These challenges transcend borders and demand a collective response from all of us. He further said that in Meghalaya, we have recognized the importance of sustainable water management as a cornerstone of our development agenda through innovative policies, community-driven initiatives, and partnerships with stakeholders. Mr. Ymbon said that they are trying to ensure equitable access to clean and safe water for all while preserving our natural ecosystem. He stressed on the collaboration across borders, sharing knowledge and best practices, and harnessing the power of technology and innovation to address the complex challenges facing the world’s water resources. He said that these conclaves provide a uniform platform for such collaboration and exchange of ideas.
Over the next couple of days, experts and practitioners from various parts of the world will deliberate on improving the quality of our water resources and how to make them sustainable.