Expert panel highlights China’s disregard for environment
Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 12:28 p.m.
Dharamshala: The New-Delhi-based Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre organised a panel discussion on China’s Disregard for Environmental Concerns in the Himalayas at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on 29 June.
The panel discussion drew 50 distinguished people, including media persons, environmentalists, Indian army officials, representatives from embassies, former foreign secretary and retired officials.
The panels of speakers were Shri. Khiren Rijiju, (MP, Lok Sabha), Air Vice-Marshall P.C. Routela, (Honorary Secretary, India Mountaineering Federation), Mr. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, (Serior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and Renowned Glaciologist), and Mr. Tenzin Tsultrim, (head of the Environment and Development Desk of the Department of Information and International Relations of Central Tibetan Administration).
Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Executive Programmer of TPPRC briefly introduced the program and Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre. Dr. N.K. Trikha, convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, chaired the panel discussion and introduced the panel of speakers.
Mr. Tsultrim gave an informative presentation on the state of Tibet’s environment, well supported with facts and figures and rare photos of deteriorating environment.
Air Vice-Marshall Routela spoke on the ramifications of destruction of Tibet’s environment on India and South Asia. He dwelled at length on the diversion of Brahamaputra and the construction of Highway in Mt. Everest, which he said would have a massive consequence on Indian sub-continent.
Shri. Khiran Rijiju underlined that the gravity of China’s plans and projects in Tibet calls for a united and concentrated effort to save Tibet’s environment, while Renowned Geologist Syed Iqbal Hasnain spoke on the regional and global impacts of the global warming.
The Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre is a joint project of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation and the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.