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CII–UCOST 10th Environment Summit Concludes Urban Planning is important for Environment Conservation: IK Pande

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Dehradun, 4 Jun: “Urban planning is important for environment conservation,” said IK Pande, former Chief Secretary while speaking as the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of the CII-UCOST 10th Environment Summit, here, today. He further shared that technologies were available these days for managing waste and conserving the environment, however, it was important to understand whether these technologies were viable and there was the capacity to handle such sophisticated technologies.
Summing up the key recommendations and suggestions of the Summit, Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, UCOST, said that every year the pristine forest cover was getting destroyed due to forest fires. He mentioned that forest fires resulted in loss of wildlife, micro flora and forest cover. He recommended use of cloud pulling through ion generation technology to take care of forest fires in targeted areas, which was one of the technologies discussed during the summit.
 While delivering the opening remarks,  Rakesh Oberai, Past Chairman & Convener, Panel on Environment & Sustainability, CII Uttarakhand State Council, mentioned that CII & UCOST would continue to address environmental issues through the summit.
Earlier during the day, a Session on Efficient Waste Management was organised at which experts from CII Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (CESD), UCOST, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, Haridwar, and ITC Haridwar shared Sustainable Solutions for Management of Waste. HP Uniyal, Advisor, Planning Commission, shared the success story of the Indore model of Waste Management, which had totally changed the complexion of the city and how it could be implemented in Dehradun.
The two day summit was organised on the eve of World Environment Day, jointly, by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology (UCOST) and was the 10th in the series. Key focused sessions at the Summit included Impact of Air Pollution on Health, Air Pollution Monitoring, Compliances & Practices and Addressing issues related to Waste Management.
 The summit was attended by over 100 delegates from government, industry, academia, Institutions and NGOs.