Staff Correspondent JORHAT, Dec 14 - The four-day International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (ICCCBSA) commenced at the Assam Agricultural University here yesterday with the hope that the 1,038 individual research papers to be presented in the conference would throw up at least 15 integrated researchable projects to mitigate climate change, conserve the earth’s biodiversity and assist in sustainable agriculture.
Popular singer Anirban Das performing at the Ghazal Nite organised at the AAU, Jorhat, on Thursday.
Assam Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Dr KM Bujarbaruah said that the 1,038 abstracts submitted here proved that a lot individual research was going on, but to yield positive outcome at the ground level, the need of the hour was to work together as teams.
The Vice Chancellor said that another meeting on climate change was going on simultaneously in Poland where 200 countries were participating, including the US. However, the results were awaited.
Addressing the session, Professor Parimal Bhattacharjee, expert on biodiversity and primatologist, said that India had only 2.4 per cent of the global land with 78 per cent of biodiversity, a large part of which was concentrated in the north-eastern region.
Bhattacharjee called for greater awareness on the National Biodiversity Act, the National Biodiversity Authority and the need for patenting what was produced from bioresources.
Guest of honour Grant Singleton, Principal Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute, (Philippines), said that sustainable development of agriculture was the need of the hour as by 2050 the earth would have to feed a population of seven billion people.
The conference has been organised as part of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations from April 2018 to March 2019.