IGRMS organizes a conference on Environment Dayb

Indira Gandhi rashtriya manav sangrahalaya organized a popular lecture in museums on the occasion of World Environment Day, Professor of Anthropology of Indian Institute of Forest Management Prof. Amitabh Pande gave a lecture on the “Environmental Conservation: Nature-Based Solutions to Museum Learning”.

He said that this year, World Environment Day 2022 is hosted by Sweden with the campaign slogan “one Earth” focusing on “living sustainably in harmony with nature”.

Talking about nature-based solutions and museums, he highlighted the theoretical debate on the environmental crisis and the individualization approach and what solution society can learn in general and the urban population in particular. Furthermore, he discussed the causes of environmental crises such as climate change, water, rivers and pollution facing the world.

Indigenous communities that continue to embrace a nature-based way of life have many lessons to offer others. Even Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji in his speech at CoP 26 emphasized nature-based lifestyle to save the world from climate change crisis.

The term nature-based solution has been practiced around the world for decades, if not centuries, and is seen as a solution that can help restore the global environment from the current disturbed state. The nature-based solution is the ecosystem approach to nature conservation and management. Professor Amitabh highlighted how indigenous and rural communities use an ecosystem approach to life to conserve nature through cultural, spiritual and moral ecological principles.

Linking the importance of NBS to museums, he spoke about the new museum movement that recognizes the nature-based solution of eco-communities. The growing role of anthropological and eco-museums in the preservation and presentation of cultural and natural heritage, as well as their real potential in sustainable development. The ecomuseum encourages participation in the approach to the protection and promotion of not only cultural but also natural heritage. On World Environment Day, he highlighted the importance of IGRMS and its uniqueness as a living museum that has several repositories of nature-based solutions that can be studied by students, researchers and policy makers and used in their work.

Angela C. Hale