This year, the CMS VATAVARAN festival and forum will focus on the Himalayas. We shall provide platform to filmmakers to talk about the identified issues and formulate a vision statement for the region.
Broadly, filmmakers and environment enthusiasts are coming together to enable a prosperous, peaceful region. Food, energy and water secure communities anchored in a climate change and disaster resilient ecosystem.
In spite of the vast expanse of Himalayas and their importance in the world, as a unique and exclusive land form, they have been largely ignored within better known environmental assessments such as the IPCC and Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment. In those assessments, mountains are not examined in detail: scientific knowledge is scattered and traditional indigenous knowledge systems are mostly absent
Therefore, this year, CMS VATAVARAN is going to make a little effort of its own, in this direction. The Himalayas and its various shades will find expression in our films this year and also in the forums during the forthcoming festival in November 2019. The following will be the key themes.
We hope that this will strike conversations on the status, trends and scenarios of environmental, economic and social systems of the Himalayan region. Mountain people and ecosystems tend to experience change more rapidly and with greater intensity. Mountain regions are no longer isolated from globalization. The Himalayas bio-diverse resources, rich indigenous knowledge systems, and enormous reservoirs of water provide vibrancy to the Planet.
For the first time, a two day Himalayan Summit is being organized in collaboration with IHCAP during the festival where these issues will be discussed and also successful adaption / mitigation models will be shared. Key stakeholders (policy makers, conservationists, scientists & other experts) from each of the 13 Himalayan states will be participating in these deliberations.