The 7th Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019, will take place on the 5th and 6th of November, at Hotel Palacio, Guwahati. Through the macroscopic theme of Rural Futures: Nature Capital Towards Universal Basic Assets, the forum will capture the need for a nature-centred economy to support a holistic growth of communities, as well as conserve biodiversity and natural resources.
Since its inception in 2013, the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, organised by Balipara Foundation, has been addressing conservation challenges through the framework of Rural Futures and Naturenomics™. A flagship framework, Rural Futures aims to build a NaturenomicsTM economy backed by natural capital, for providing communities with equitable access to education, savings, healthcare, livelihoods, water, etc (universal basic assets). In the past year, the Balipara Foundation surpassed its target of creating 1 million natural assets by 2020, to create 1.2 million natural assets through our Rural Futures programme, with communities in Udalguri and Balipara.
The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019 will see around 60 eminent personalities from multi-disciplinary fields; across 17 countries who will engage in the discourse on nature capital and its impact on Universal Basic Assets.
Delivering Universal Basic Assets through natural capital is the foundation on which conservation and community empowerment must be built, both of which are critical in facilitating an equitable society with sustainable well-being of subjects. The objective of this year’s forum, is to understand and discuss possible ways to create a system for enhancing natural capital and sustainable liquidation processes to build Universal Basic Assets among vulnerable forest-fringe communities.
The press conference was addressed by Tata Daimari, Assistant Secretary, Dhansiri Joint Forest Management Committee; Prabir Banerjea, Co-Founder & Managing Member, Balipara Foundation; Robin Eastment, Project Lead, Udalguri Landscape Mission, Balipara Foundation; Gautam Baruah, Naturenomics Knowledge & Implementation, Balipara Foundation along with Rhea Hussain, Custodian Rural Futures, Balipara Foundation; Karishma Ahmed, Communications & Publications, Balipra Foundation; Joanna Dawson, Naturenomics Knowledge & Research and Rudy Marak, Naturenomics Executive, Balipara Foundation.
Some of the personalities attending the forum as speaker this year are – Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Prime Minister’s Council for Climate Change, India; Renowned historian and author, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Chancellor; Professor of History at Ashoka University; Karuna A. Singh, Country Director for Earth Day India; Thu Zaw, Chief Executive Officer of Sithar Coffee, Myanmar; Vance Martin, Vice President of WILD Foundation, USA; Dr. Anish Andheria, President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust; Bittu Sahgal, environmental activist, writer, and the founder of Sanctuary Nature Foundation; Arupjyoti Saikia, Professor in History in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati; Kamal Kumar Tanti, Assistant Professor of Physics at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Assam; and Eduardo Erazo Acosta sociologist, researcher at University Nariño, in Pasto city – Colombia, among many other.
The Forum will be followed by Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Awards to recognise and accolade our Earth Heroes, who are working tirelessly towards natural, social and ecological environment of the Eastern Himalayas. The award ceremony will also host Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture which will be delivered by Mr Rudrangshu Mukherjee.