Sustainable Mountain development summit III

Kohima Summit 2013



The dates for the Summit are 25 – 27 September 2013.


The venue will be the NBCC Convention Centre at Kohima and other government establishments backing up as committee rooms or venues for side events, thus considerably cutting down on costs. Participants will be housed in hotels and home stays in Kohima town.


To view and download the tentative schedule of the SMDS-III, Kohima summit please see the SCHEDULE PAGE.

Summit themes

  • Forests – Governance, challenges and opportunities
  • Water – rivers, streams and springs
  • AgricultureSustainable Mountain Agriculture - small scale farming

Cross-cutting themes

Each of the themes shall be supplemented by sub themes that will further broaden the subject matter but with a focus. The themes will be interlinked and further enriched through the cross-cutting themes listed below.

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Gender

how do i participate ?

If you are from a Mountain State please get in touch with your respective State Focal Point for more information regarding participation

what if i am not from a mountain state ?

Please write in to the sdfn office with your queries ,reason to participate and Biodata.

how do i submit papers for the summit ?

Please go to the Themes page in this website and see the details.

For other FAQs

For other summit related and travel queries Please follow this link.

Events of the Kohima Summit

The Summit

The main event would bring together the results of the different theme based workshop unto one common platform, and move towards building upon it leading to a consensus on the same. The workshop would also attempt to have a more detailed plenary session, with minimum isolation between the groups working on the different themes.
Questions such of “what has the IMI done or followed up on the deliberations since the last two summits?” or “How are you building upon what your learnings are?” have made us – the organisers of the SMDS-III – ponder about the delivery mechanism or methodologies of the Summit. As part of our planning process, we have worked out a methodology and format of the SMDS-III without compromising on any of the past strengths of the past two summits.
The call for papers from across the region on the selected themes shall continue so that the Summit provides the platform for researchers, practitioners and experts from across the mountain states to share their knowledge, experiences and concerns. This not only provides an opportunity for such papers to be showcased and published but also allows other stakeholders and participants to know about the existence of such studies and experiences. As is the process, the papers shall be remotely reviewed and vetted by subject matter experts in each thematic subject before it is finally accepted for the Summit.
Once the papers are all received, the expert team or a consultant expert shall be assigned to collectively synthesize all the papers received in a single theme into a single lead paper which will later be presented in the respective break-away group. All participants will receive a CD in their Summit Kit which will they will receive upon checking in to the hotels. The CD will contain all the papers from all three themes, information on the IMI, SDFN and other resource materials. The documents will also be available in advance on the Summit page of the SDFN website

Day One – 25th Sept 2013

Plenary I (Inauguration):

The inauguration shall be more ceremonial, brief and will only have introductory remarks and addresses from chief guest, the SDFN and the IMI and dignitaries present. The inauguration shall immediately be followed by the opening of the photo competition and other exhibit areas, group photograph followed by tea and informal interactions, cultural program and dinner.

Day Two – 26th Sept 2013

Plenary II (General Session - 1):

This plenary will have the key note presentations on each of the three themes. The speakers should ideally be renowned personalities on the subject matters who have been briefed in advance so that the presentations encompass issues that the Summit wishes to address, deliberate and work upon.

This session will also have the presentation/s reflecting the “Voices of Mountain Youths” so that their concerns, ideas and challenges are included and not lost during the deliberations in the thematic break-away groups.

Break Away Sessions (Thematic groups):

Participants will be asked to proceed to their respective thematic break-away groups which shall be led by professional facilitators. The roles of the facilitators will be to ensure participation and to synergize the richness of the deliberations based on the groups collective experiences, lessons and concerns. This may be achieved either through the use of participatory methodologies such as group discussions, the world café etc.

Once the deliberations are over and are summed up by the facilitator, the lead paper will be presented to the group for it to further deliberate upon it. The concerned lead presenter will be briefed to try and link his presentation as much as possible to the prior discussions and to link it to the papers referred to for his presentation. This will be followed by a Q & A session where the presenter, as well as, the respective paper authors may contribute and or clarify issues.

Group Activity (thematic groups):

Post all the deliberations, presentations and Q & A sessions, the group will through a facilitated participatory process work to produce “The Ways Forward and Recommendations”. They will strive to come up with actionable ideas for research, policy and pilots, as well as, with suggestions and recommendations for policy and development.

Evening: Networking and Cultural Program

Day Three - 27th Sept 2013

Plenary III (General Session-II):

This plenary will have presentations from each thematic group that highlights the summary of the discussions and also presents “The Ways Forward and Recommendations”.

There will also be presentations of the outcomes from any Side Event that may have taken place simultaneously during or before Day II. Each presentation may be followed by a facilitated Open House to further clarify, understand or modify the ideas presented.

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