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EsDev 2013

Department of Environmental Sciences, 25-27 August 2013

ES-Dev 2013 was organized by the Department of Environmental Sciences, CIIT Abbottabad on 25-27 August 2013. The conference was the 5th in series. Environmentally Sustainable Development “ESDev” series of international conferences, first launched in 2005, has been regularly held alternate years. The earlier four conferences successfully addressed the vital issues of today, the “Environment and Sustainable Development”. Experts from academia, research institutions, and industries presented their work and shared their experiences and expertise. This time in ESDev-2013, two topics of significant importance both at nation and international level were also included. The topics were:

  • Drugs Development – Synthetic & Natural
  • Livelihood – conflict and Human Security

Over 15 papers were presented related to Conflict & Human Security, supported with debate and discussion in Hall 1. While in Hall 2, 14 papers were presented on first day on Drugs Development, the presentation continued on next and 18 papers. However, the main strength of the ESDev-2013 Conference was that it covered almost all areas related to environment whether it is air pollution, soil degradation, water quality, or other related issues like, green technology disaster management, Agriculture & food security, water (eco) sanitation and health or water born diseases with global implications, particularly in the developing countries. The experts and delegates presented their research outcome and shared their work, expressed their feelings and discussed opportunities to work together for the benefit of mankind. Over 60 papers were present in two parallel sessions orally while a good in the poster forms. The quality of the papers was appreciated by the participating delegates. Poster presentation was excellent, I do appreciate the hard work of participation students. After wonderful opening of ESDev-2013 Conference by Shakhawat Shah, VC, Hazara University, two parallel sessions began. During three days conference, all together 17 sessions were run. Detail of the papers presented orally covering major themes is: The topics covered under Livelihood – Conflict & Human Security are:

  • Conflict/Disaster development in Swat
  • Human security and development through a gendered lens
  • Post Conflict/disaster humanitarian aid
  • Modern synthetic methods for drugs development
  • Biological evaluation of organic compounds
  • Novel drug delivery approaches
  • Enzyme based drugs development
  • Novel approaches in drug screening

Hot debates continued on environment related issues Climate Change & Environmental Impacts – The climate change is inevitable and going to happen. That was the extract of papers presented. Modeling the impact of climate change seems important contribution. Green Technology & Renewable Energy - There is no doubt about the significance of the Energy in the development of a country but at the same time energy related environmental issues can’t be ignored. The renewable energy linked with green technology, can play an important role, but in developing countries we need much more to meet the energy deficits. Papers cover the broader areas of Energy and renewable energy and energy related pollution, Potential of Solar energy, Bio-methane and Biodiesel. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security - Food security is one of the major issues we are facing today.

A number of papers were presented to cover various aspects Agriculture and Food Security. Food security was used as an indictor of environmental sustainability. Although agriculture is the main stay of our economy, but excessive use of pesticide is contaminating our water resources. Agriculture, Biotechnology and Environment were also discussed in depth. Disaster – Impacts & Management – Supported with case studies, Impact of disasters like floods and earth quick and their management were discussed Water (eco) sanitation and health.

Papers presented covered prevailing water and sanitation conditions at household level and impacts on health. Water, the main stay of life is becoming scarce and is polluted to the extent that today there are over 70% water born diseases. Natural Resource Management – Since the beginning of life on the earth mankind has been depending on available natural resources, however our present generation is using these at much higher rate, the regeneration of resources is much slower than the consumption of these natural assets. There is need to adopt a sustainable approach to bring a balance between generation and consumption. Papers are presented covering natural resources, biodiversity, and their affective management, water and waste water treatment Environmental Policies and Governance – Only a few papers were presented. The low number indicates the lack of awareness or priority. Environmental degradation and poverty are mainly attributed to lack of environmental awareness and education.

Solid & Hazardous Waste – The papers presented the use of Biodegradable material for production of Biogas, methane would be helpful to manage biodegradable waste. Urbanization & Built environment – comfort and sustainability: An important area in terms of energy consumption and associated environmental pollution, release of greenhouse gases, responsible for global warming, climate change and acid rain, the paper presented covered the studies conducted in Pakistan. Presence of radon in the dwelling is becoming a major problem, 3 papers covering fields studies conducted in Pakistan were also presented. We need to reconsider our building strategy and build climate adaptive building rather than climate opposing.

The sessions were chaired by experts in various areas related to environment. They are Dr Ingrid from Norway, Dr Mukhtar ul Hasan and Dr Muhammad Asif from UK, Dr Shahid Amjad, Professor Muhammad Asgher and Dr Muhammad Aslam, Dr Muhammad Ghaffar Doggar, Professor Izhar ul Haque, Dr Arjumand Zaidi, Dr Zahid Mahmood Khan. The message conveyed through these presentation was, that whereas the environment policies are important, the significance of environmental awareness through environmental education at appropriate level cannot be ignored.

Dr Nasir Ali Khan, VC, Haripur University graced the closing ceremony as Chief Guest. Dr Iftikhar A. Raja congratulated EsDev-2013 delegates and apperciated their high quality work . Dr Ingrid Nyborg talked about the Conflict & Human security, and conference and shared her ideas on the way forward for COMSATS, how to use this knowledge to address the challenges of Environment and Development now and in the future, from the prospective of collaborating partner from Norway.

 


 

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