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.


The 10th Edition of Odisha Environment Congress (OEC) will be held from 20th to 22nd December, 2019. This time the theme will be Environment and Mining. Started in 2010, as an annual scientific and civil society event on environment, the OEC has been providing a unique opportunity 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 on theme specific research-based articles in the proceedings which is released during the main event. The themes  of previous 9 editions were “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 and “Environment and Gandhi” in 2018.

In last nine years, many scientists/researchers/experts of repute from Odisha as well as outside of the state had attended this mega event, including Chief Minister, Ministers and  officials of both State and Central Govt. Apart from 3 days long conference and paper presentations on the given theme, there have been other activities which include various competitions among school and college students, exhibitions, regional workshops, Young Scientist Awards, Green Corporate Award, Green Ambassador Award, Children’s Environment Congress etc. Over the past years the successful organization of OECs has established itself as a unique and important platform for the cause of protection and conservation of environment in the state of Odisha.

Theme: Environment and Mining

Mining, in spite its significant contribution to the State’s economy, has also many detrimental effects on environment. These are manifested in erosion and contamination, loss of biodiversity, water and air pollution etc. which adversely impact human health and wellbeing.

Erosion is linked to exposed hill sides, mine dumps, tailings dams and resultant siltation of drainages, creeks and rivers that impact significantly the surrounding areas. In forest areas, mining can cause destruction and disturbance of the eco-systems and habitats and in farming areas it can destroy the cultivable and grazing lands.

Mining can have an adverse effect on adjoining surface and ground water and in the absence of proper precautions can lead to high concentration of chemicals such as arsenic, sulfuric acid and mercury over a significant area of surface and sub-surface water. The usage of large amounts of water for mine drainage, mine cooling and other mining processes, leads to contamination of surface and ground water.

The adverse health impacts of mining are many, mainly caused by the release of pollutants into the air. Besides, there are many occupational health hazards that miners face such as respiratory and skin diseases.

Odisha is a mineral rich state. According to Economic Survey 2018-19, it accounts for 35%of Iron Ore reserve and 96% of Chromites reserve in the country. Besides, it has significant reserves of Coal (25%), Nickel (92%), Bauxite (53%) and Manganese (45%).  Odisha contributes 34% of mineral production (in value terms) in the country and nearly 11% of Gross Value Added (GVA) in the State. It is in this context that mining activities in Odisha and its related social, economic and environmental problems, deserve attention.

The challenges encountered due to mining require scientific and research-based analysis of the issues and problems and search for workable solutions to address these. The 10th edition of OEC will make a humble attempt in this regard by involving scientists, researchers, academicians, policy makers, industries, activists, NGOs, student  etc.


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 …


Organizers & Partners


HIG:196 (First Floor), Kanan Vihar, Phase-I
Patia, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha. India
E-mail: /
Contact No : 0674-2741219


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.
All information are subjected to privacy policy and guidelines of OEC.