Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2019
Launched in the year 2007, Balipara Foundation focuses on creating community-based conservation models, with the framework of Rural Futures & Naturenomics™. Understanding the need for exploring the ingredients of success in conservation and sustainable livelihoods, Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum was launched in 2013 to find solutions leading to important lessons for the communities and others, at all levels, from local to global. Starting the dialogue with Asian Elephant Conservation to exploring the crucial role of rural communities in the Eastern Himalayas and supporting rural economies and livelihoods, six years (2013-2018) of Eastern Himalayan Naurenomics™ Forum has led to participation from over 20+ countries, 2000+ distinguished speakers and participants from multi-disciplinary fields and recognized 80+ Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Awardees.
REGIONAL EASTERN HIMALAYAN NATURENOMICSTM FORUM
Successful deliberations with community members, leaders and experts from various disciplines around the world has underscored the need to broaden the scope and directing us that the storyline starts from the grassroots, there is a rich story within each community and that their direct impact will lead towards a sustainable Rural Futures. Taking this forward, we are pleased to present the first ever Regional Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum to understand conservation stories, give exposure to the community heroes and identify the most pressing needs and solutions for the challenges faced by the communities and use those outcomes as a launch pad to start discussing possible solutions.
In the process, effect lasting change through the empowerment of rural communities in the Eastern Himalayas, as a model for global development finding solutions to social, economic and conservation challenges faced by communities, the impacts will be immeasurable thereby, leading to development of Rural Futures and building implementation plans.
THE SIKKIM CHAPTER & THE LEPCHA COMMUNITY
Indigenous of Sikkim and primeval race as old as the Himalayas, the Lepcha community is rich in its culture and tradition and has been largely concentrated in Dzongu in Sikkim. Amidst the idyllic backdrop of Mount Kenchenjungha, this tribe has managed to create a perfect harmony with nature. However, with changing times, the mountain community of Sikkim are said to be vanishing and so are their stories and traditions. The notion of the vanishing of Lepcha culture or even of the entire Lepcha tribe is expressed by every member of Lepcha society: urban and rural. For all of them losing Lepcha culture has become an integral part of describing Lepcha culture. The community members are taking matters into their own hands and have been crafting way forward that has meant a sustainable growth of the community today .To shed light on the uphill journey of the Lepcha community and explore its path towards social – economic – environmental impact leading a way forward for the Rural Futures, the Regional Forum will focus on -
Understanding history, tradition and beliefs of the Lepcha Community
Build an action-based communication platform for stakeholders and community representatives of Lepcha Community
Create awareness about the community and derive target oriented future course of action
Community Conservation Stories
Identify and recognize exceptional contribution towards the Lepcha Community
Highlights of the Forum:
9:45 am: Registration
10:00 am -10:15 am: Introduction to Balipara Foundation, Rural Future and Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum
Speakers: Ms Karishma Ahmed and Mr Saurav Malhotra
10:15 am -11:00 am: An insight into the lives of Lepcha Community: history, tradition, folk lore, connection with nature, challenges and threats
Speakers: Ms Dawa Lepcha, Film Maker- Activist- Social Worker
Mr Tseten Lepcha, Activist
Moderator: Dr. Sandhya Thapa, HOD, Sociology Depratment, Sikkim University
11:00 am -12:00 pm: Cross Vertical Engagement for the Lepcha Community
Dr. Sunayana Sarkar, Assistant Professor (Structural Geology and Geotectonics) -Musician
Ms Minket Lepcha, Film Maker
Mr Anindya Mukherjee,
Mr. Joshep Lepcha, President, Press Club of Sikkim
Dr. Satyadeep S Chhetri, HoD, Deptt of Chemistry, NBBDC, Tadong
12:00 pm -12:55 pm: Film Screening: Voice of Teesta and Audience interaction with Director Ms Minket Lepcha
12:55 pm - 1:05 pm: Closing Note by Mr Prabir Banerjea, Co Founder and Managing Member, Balipara Foundation
Who will Attend:
Community leader and representatives from the Lepcha Community
NGOs working with the local communities
NGOs working on relevant issues
Government officials from Department of Cultural Affairs and Heritage, Forest Environment & Wildlife Dept, Tourism Dept, Rural Management & Development Dept etc.
Students of sociology, history, development studies etc.