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Odisha Environment Congress is a unique platform which provides opportunity to academicians, researchers, scientists, planners, policy makers, students and practitioners to think, act and innovate in meeting the challenges related to environment and climate change.

Background:

The 11th Edition of Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) will be held from 20th to 22nd December, 2020. The theme for this year will be Environment and Biodiversity. Started in 2010, as an annual scientific and civil society event on environment, the OEC provides a unique platform to academicians, researchers, scientists, planners, policy makers, students and practitioners for learning, interaction and dissemination of knowledge on different themes around environment. It also provides scope for publication and presentation of theme specific research-based articles in the proceedings which is released during the main event. Over the last ten years, OEC has covered a wide array of topics like “Environment & Water Resources” in 2010, “Environment & Forest” in 2011, “Environment & Energy” in 2012, “Environment & Agriculture” in 2013, “Environment & Climate Change” in 2014, “Environment: Health and Nutrition” in 2015,“Environment: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)” in 2016, “Environment and Sustainable River Basin Management” in 2017, “Environment and Gandhi” in 2018, “Environment and Mining” in 2019.

In last ten years, many scientists/researchers/experts of repute from Odisha and outside have attended this mega event, including the Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha, Ministers and  officials of both State and Central Govt. Apart from a 3-day long conference and paper presentations on the given theme, OEC hosts a series of other activities which include competitions among school and college students, exhibitions, regional workshops, Young Scientist Awards, Green Corporate Award, Green Ambassador Award, Children’s Environment Congress, etc. Today OEC has established itself as a unique and important platform for the cause of protection and conservation of environment.

THEME OF OEC 2020: Environment and Biodiversity

Biodiversity can be defined as the variety and variability of life on earth. Starting from pristine forest covers, to the stunning coral reefs of deep oceans, from the mangrove dominated marshlands, to the glittery sand dunes of the desert; each environment acts as a host to the numerous indigenous species of flora and fauna that live there. A healthy environment ensures the sustainability of different ecosystems. A degrading environment is responsible for the loss of biodiversity: the magnitude of loss being dependent on the extent of environmental imbalance. In the wake of climate change and mass extinction of different species, there is a growing global concern on biodiversity management and policy development.

In order to build support and create momentum for this urgent task, the United Nations General Assembly, at its 65th session, declared the period of 2011-2020 to be the UN Decade on Biodiversity. Furthermore, 2021-2030 has been announced as the UN decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Biodiversity focuses on three key areas, namely, conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of the components of the biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. It is in this context that the 11th edition of Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) 2020 has chosen Environment & Biodiversity as its main theme.

This year’s conference will be covering the following sub-themes under the main theme:

  1. Biodiversity and Human Well-being
  2. Terrestrial and aquatic Biodiversity
  3. Development-induced Changes and Biodiversity
  4. Climate Change, Pandemics and Biodiversity
  5. Policy and Legal Framework on Biodiversity
  6. Agriculture, Forestry, Food Security, Livelihood & Biodiversity
  7. Sustainable Biodiversity and Benefit Sharing
  8. Case Studies on Conservation of Biodiversity

Keeping the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on social gathering in mind, the event will be conducted online.

Objectives:

To provide a platform for interaction among the researchers, policy makers, leading experts, social activists in the field of Environment, so that they come up with innovative and creative ideas to address key environmental challenges.

To enhance the networking among various research organizations, government and non government organizations working in the field of Environment.

To generate specific knowledge base on Environment and its relationship with human beings among stakeholders.

To provide a community – scientific group inter –face for better understanding of environmental issues and how to overcome them.

1. Application for Young Scientist Award: November 10th ,2016
2. Nomination for Environment Ambassador Award:  November 15th ,2016
3. Nomination for Sudhanshu Bhushan Mishra Corporate Excellence Award in Environment: November 15th ,2016
4. Main Event of OEC: 20th to 22nd December 2016

1. Young Scientists Award: Papers from young researchers (age 35 and below) alone will be considered for inclusion in the award session.
2. Green Ambassador Award: Nominations from credible NGOs/Civil society members, academicians, experts in environment with …
3. Corporate Excellence Award: Nominations from Corporate Bodies or Foundations of Corporate Bodies having visible contribution in …

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Organizers & Partners

ADDRESS

HIG:196 (First Floor), Kanan Vihar, Phase-I
Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha. India
E-mail: oec@hdf.org.in / odishaenvironmentcongress@gmail.com
Website: www.oec.org.in
Contact No : 0674-2741219

DISCLAIMER

Important: Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) is one such platform which brings together researchers, scientific community and grass root workers to discuss, deliberated and find out solutions to various environment challenges.
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