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Kalinga Excellence Award presented to 61 industries

Bhubaneswar (08/06/2024)/ Edited By Abhishek Mohanty: Climate change & human activities are major contributors for accelerated land degradation & desertification degradation.
In line with the above objective, Institute of Quality & Environment Management Services (IQEMS) in association with Odisha State Pollution Control Board & Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad organized the 9th edition of “National Seminar on “Environment, Energy & Climate Change” at hotel The New Marrion, Bhubaneswar on Saturday. The seminar was held under the Theme: “Accelerating Land Restoration, Drought Resilience& Desertification Progress”.
Vinod Kumar, IFS (Retired) & Chairman of the seminar gave the welcome address.
The seminar was inaugurated by Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board, and Director, Environment Cum Special Secretary; Forest, Environment& Climate Change Department, Government of Odisha Dr K Murugesan. Among others, Guests of Honour Director, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, Prof.S.Sreenivasa Murthy, Vice Chancellor; Birla Global University, Prof.Premendu P.Mathur and Director (Finance), Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, Ajit Kumar Behura spoke on the occasion.
High Commissioner, Kingdom Of Lesitho Her Excellency Lebohang Valentine Mochaba graced the occasion and congratulated the awardees on their achievements.
Degraded land restoration on priority basis is key to achieve climate friendly & sustainable development goals.
Debabrata Panigrahi, Convener of the seminar & CEO, IQEMS emphasised on this in his opening address.
Over 25% of India’s land is undergoing desertification (United nations data).Rising temperature and reduced rain in turn, create conditions for desertification.
Increasing tree cover, agro-forestry, enforcement of environment related byelaws are few means to mitigate the effect of climate change, he added. More than 150 delegates from state government, leading industries, mines, academics participated in the event and presented 23 papers in different technical sessions.
Subrata Panigrahi, Chief Operating Officer, Institute of Quality and Environment Management Services, Bhubaneswar gave formal vote of thanks.
A total of 61 industries were awarded with the prestigious Kalinga Excellence Award (Categories-Kalinga Environment Excellence Award, Kalinga CSR Excellence Award and Kalinga Energy Excellence Award).