Civil-20 India 2023 Inception Conference
The Civil-20 India 2023 Inception Conference kicked off its first plenary session in Nagpur, Maharashtra, with the theme of “Balancing Development with Environment”. The session covered four working groups of C20 India 2023, including Integrated Holistic Health, Sustainable and Resilient Communities, LiFE, and Revival of Rivers and Water Management. The session was chaired by former Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra and included speakers from various fields who addressed the pressing need for a sustainable and environment-centric approach to development.
Interdependence of Humans and Nature
The speakers highlighted the interdependence of humans on their surroundings and nature, emphasizing that we are not separate from nature but a part of it. They discussed how climate change and other environmental challenges have far-reaching impacts on human health and well-being, particularly for vulnerable communities. To address these challenges, they emphasized the need for an integrated and holistic approach to health that includes mental, physical, and environmental health.
Sustainable and Resilient Communities
The working group on Sustainable and Resilient Communities addressed the urgent need for sustainable development that balances economic growth with environmental protection. They discussed the importance of community-driven solutions that take into account local knowledge and practices, as well as the need for partnerships between government, civil society, and the private sector.
LiFE: Livelihoods, Forests, and Environment
The LiFE working group emphasized the need to protect forests and biodiversity, which are critical for sustaining livelihoods and ensuring food security. They discussed the importance of integrating environmental considerations into policies and programs related to agriculture, forestry, and other sectors.
Revival of Rivers and Water Management
The working group on Revival of Rivers and Water Management discussed the need for an integrated approach to water management that takes into account the needs of all stakeholders, including farmers, urban residents, and industries. They emphasized the importance of sustainable water use, conservation, and management practices to ensure water security for all.
Call to Focus on Environment-Centric Lifestyle
The session concluded with a call to focus on an environment-centric lifestyle that prioritizes conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The speakers urged the need for individual and collective action to address the challenges of climate change, pollution, and environmental degradation. They emphasized that a sustainable and resilient future is only possible if the priority is given to the environmental considerations in all aspects of development.
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