Skip to content Skip to navigation

North East India Unites for Free-Flowing Rivers: Teesta Declaration Highlights Environmental Concerns

Representatives from various indigenous groups and environmental organizations convened in Gangtok, Sikkim, for the North East India Meet on Free Flowing Rivers. The gathering, hosted by the Affected Citizens of Teesta, Centre for Research and Advocacy (Manipur), and the Borok Peoples Human Rights Organization, concluded with a significant resolution aimed at safeguarding the region's rivers and biodiversity.

"We recognize the intrinsic rights of rivers to flow freely and the vital relationship between indigenous communities and their natural resources," emphasized a spokesperson from the conference.

The Teesta Declaration outlined pressing concerns regarding the construction of large dams in the region, highlighting the environmental, social, and climatic impacts. Participants vehemently opposed the continuation of projects such as the 1200 MW Teesta III dam in Sikkim and urged for its decommissioning, citing the catastrophic burst of the dam on October 4, 2023, which resulted in loss of lives and extensive property damage.

The declaration emphasized the necessity of halting future dam projects, including the proposed 520 MW Teesta IV dam in Sikkim, the 3097 MW Etalin dam in Arunachal Pradesh, and the 190 MW Pabram Dam in Manipur, citing concerns over climate change-induced disasters like glacial lake outbursts and landslides.

"Large dams, falsely labeled as green and sustainable, exacerbate the climate crisis and disrupt fragile ecosystems," asserted a participant at the conference.

The gathering also condemned the financing of these projects by international financial institutions and multinational companies, holding them accountable for environmental degradation and societal impacts.

"We call for sustainable energy solutions that respect the rights of indigenous communities and emphasize the intrinsic value of our rivers and mountains," stated another participant.

The declaration concluded with an urgent call for comprehensive policies rooted in community rights and environmental protection to safeguard the natural heritage of North East India.

The Teesta Declaration serves as a unified voice advocating for the preservation of free-flowing rivers, emphasizing the necessity of responsible and sustainable development to protect the region's delicate ecosystems and cultural heritage.

Author info

AT News's picture

Assam Times Staff. editor@assamtimes.org

Add new comment

Random Stories

Blood donation camp

25 Jun 2016 - 10:00pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau
Over 30 peoples volunteerly donated bloods on the blood dontaion camp organised by Marwari Yuva Manch,Kokrajhar and Jagriti Brach at Marwari Bhawan on Saturday in Kokrajhar. Madhav Prasad Sarma,...

Bandh disrupts normal life in Udalguri

23 Jul 2018 - 11:10pm | Shajid Khan
UDALGURI:Along with other parts of the state,the 12-hour state-wide bandh called by six organisations demanding scheduled tribe (ST) status for six communities disrupted normal life across Udalguri...

JFA expresses dismay over relentless journo-murders

19 Oct 2019 - 7:58pm | AT News
Guwahati: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed dismay over relentless incidents of killing of scribes in different parts of the country and urged the Union government in New Delhi to...

Home for needy adults inaugurates in Imphal

18 Jun 2011 - 10:19pm | editor
A home for destitute adults has been inaugurated Friday by All Manipur Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association at Mongshangei in Imphal West.The home christened as “ Old Age Building...

Other Contents by Author

Guwahati: The Assam Don Bosco University buzzed with creativity and entrepreneurial spirit over the past two days as the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship (IDE) Bootcamp for Student Innovators and Teachers concluded. The event, held on April 9th and 10th, welcomed participants with an opening address by Pushpanjalee Konwar. Chief Guest Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das of IIT Guwahati ignited the minds of the young innovators with a talk on agricultural design and fostering innovative ideas. Mayur Madhukar Borkar then outlined the purpose of the bootcamp and its potential to equip participants with valuable skills. Dr. R. Sujatha kicked off the interactive sessions, dividing...
The Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (IIITG) hosted the fourth edition of its annual Rongali Bihu festival, BOHAGI, on April 7th, 2024. Held at the institute's campus near Tech City, Bongora, the event aimed to promote Assamese culture among students, faculty, staff, and their families from across India. BOHAGI 2024 featured cultural competitions organized by the IIITG Cultural Board, attracting students from various Assamese colleges. This fostered cultural interaction within the academic community and resonated with the "Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat" initiative, promoting national unity. The celebration focused on enriching knowledge about Assamese folk culture,...
Udalguri: In a move seen as part of the Election Commission's efforts to ensure impartiality during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Udalguri Deputy Commissioner (DC) and District Election Officer (DEO) Dr. Sadnek Singh was transferred on Tuesday. An order signed by Jadav Saikia, Secretary to the Government of Assam's Personnel (A) Department, reassigned Dr. Singh as Additional Secretary to the Government of Assam's Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department. Replacing Dr. Singh is IAS officer Javir Rahul Suresh, who previously served as Joint Secretary to the Government of Assam's Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department and held the additional charge of Director of Animal Husbandry...
On the occasion of his birth centenary this year, Jyotiprasad Medhi Award in Mathematical Sciences is announced by his family. Professor Jyotiprasad Medhi was a world renowned scholar in Statistics who was born on 1st July 1924 in Ramdia, Assam. He received his D.Sc. (with Tres Honorable) from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 1956 and returned to Assam to teach at Gauhati University where he later became the Head of the Department in Statistics, Dean of Faculty of Science, and Acting Vice-Chancellor. His textbooks on Stochastic Processes and Queueing Theory are widely used for teaching in many academic institutions around the world. He passed away on 3rd February 2017 at the age of 92...
Panbaree Machans, Kaziranga: The inaugural Smily Academy XP drew to a successful close yesterday, marking the departure of participants from four continents to their respective countries. The five-day event, held amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Panbaree Machans, Kaziranga, focused on immersive learning experiences with indigenous communities to develop innovative solutions to local and global challenges, aiming to inspire a new generation of "eco-preneurs". Conceived as a special project of the Indigenous People’s Climate Justice Forum, founded by esteemed figures such as climate activist Rituraj Phukan and Padma Shree Jadav Payeng, the Forest Man of India, Smily Academy garnered...
In a groundbreaking move towards sustainable agriculture and the preservation of indigenous livestock, Saras Dairy, under the guidance of Joraram Kumawat, Minister of Animal Husbandry, proudly unveils its latest offering: pasteurized camel milk. This initiative, achieved through collaboration with Bahula Food Pvt Ltd and Urmul Seemant Samiti, signifies a pioneering step in the realm of public-private partnerships dedicated to supporting herders and safeguarding the invaluable camel population. Gratitude is extended to all stakeholders, including Mahant Pratap Puri, MLA Pokhran, and Dr. Bhawani Singh Rathore, Animal Husbandry Director, for their indispensable contributions. Recognition is...
Assam Times (.org) ("Assam Times", "we", "us", or "our") respects the privacy of our users ("you", "your"). This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we collect from and about you when you visit our website (the "Website") and how we use that information.   Information We Collect We collect two types of information on this Website: Personal Information: This is information that can be used to identify you as an individual, such as your name, email address, and any other information you choose to share in comments, forums, or other interactive features. We only collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us. Non-Personal Information: This...
In a landmark move, participants of the International Conclave on Water, Hill Lives, and Future, convened in Shillong on February 9th and 10th, 2024, have jointly adopted the "Shillong Declaration." This declaration underscores the critical interlinkages between water resources and hill ecosystems, emphasizing a holistic approach towards achieving sustainable development in these regions.   The vital role of water as a critical resource and the need for enhanced resilience around water in hilly terrains, as underscored by the declining water table and spring water levels, waning traditional water systems, retreating, and polluting rivers, changing rainfall patterns, increase...
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: Today marks the commencement of the 3rd edition of Maru Manthan, a transformative forum orchestrated by the Desert Resource Centre and Urmul, in collaboration with desert communities. Held on February 9th and 10th, 2024, in the heart of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Maru Manthan stands as a beacon for celebrating the indomitable spirit of the desert and fostering sustainable solutions amidst its challenges. The forum draws together an illustrious lineup of organizations and individuals dedicated to desert conservation and community empowerment. Representatives from esteemed entities such as the Foundation for Ecological Security, Ministry of Lowlands & Irrigation (...
The 'Uttar Purvi Mahotsav 2024', a five-day cultural extravaganza showcasing Northeast India's richness, kicks off on January 13 at Bharat Mandapam. Organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and NEHHDC, the festival aims to display diverse arts, crafts, and cultures, fostering economic opportunities. With 250 participants including weavers, farmers, and entrepreneurs, the event features panel discussions, buyer-seller meets, traditional performances, and a focus on women's roles in regional development. Highlighting the youth's contribution and challenges, the festival aims to explore how they can shape India's economic landscape. Additionally, specialized...