Peoples’ Environmental Council issues press statement

Statement to press

Peoples’ Environmental Council (PEC), a Srinagar based group of subject matter specialists, in collaboration with the University of Kashmir organized a webinar on “Dal Lake: Past, Present, and Future” on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Prof. Talat Ahmad Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir was the Chief Guest of the Webinar. Prof. Talat Ahmad in his opening remarks deliberated on the changing condition of the Dal lake as witnessed by him during his two tenures as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir. Prof. Talat Ahmad emphasized the need for an integrated approach involving experts across the relevant disciplines to scientifically address the Dal lake issues. Vice-Chancellor in his address appreciated the role of PEC for organizing a webinar on this important subject of Dal Lake and offered continuous support to PEC for similar activities. The webinar was chaired by the Chairman PEC G H Kango IFS Retd. and Qazi Shugufta Member PEC former Director Finance and Audit J&K Govt. was the rapporteur of the webinar. The webinar was hosted by Dr. Arshid Jahangir Sr. the Assistant Professor University of Kashmir and moderated by Sakib Qadri Convenor PEC. Dr. Khurshid Salman gave the vote of thanks at the end.

The webinar featured five technical presentations:

• “Dal conservation and management strategies since 1970 up to date including the history of the Dal lake” by Prof. A R Yousuf, Former Expert Member, National Green Tribunal, New Delhi & Former Dean Academic Affairs, University of Kashmir
• “Point and non-point sources of pollution to the Dal lake & efficacy of STPs” by Prof. Shakil Romshoo, Dean Research, University of Kashmir.
• “Dal Conservation: Perspective from the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority including Encroachments, WFR and Vision” by Er. Shafat Jeelani Superintending Engineer / EE Mechanical J&KLWDA
• “Dal lake Restoration: Cornell University Project Blue Perspective” by Mir Javed Hussain Former Director Southeast Asia, Asian Development Bank
• “Perspectives from the Dal Dwellers including Rehabilitation” by Mr. Yasin Tuman Indigenous Lake Dweller
Hundreds of people from different parts of the world participated in the webinar. Post technical sessions a Q&A / interactive session between the participants, presenters, and organizers took place. The webinar was scheduled for three hours but the healthy discussions during the Q&A session stretched it to four and a half hours. The recommendations of the webinar shall be submitted to the authorities shortly.

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