Sustainable Mountain Development Summit is IMI’s annual flagship event where we bring mountain concerns at the regional and national level as a part of our sustained effort to highlight priorities of Indian Himalayan Region in the development discourse of our country.

Each year 3-5 salient themes engaging the immediate attention of and relevant to the mountains and hills are identified for threadbare discussion and debate. Conclusions and recommendations emerging from this exercise would be pursued by IMI subsequently.

It provides a functional discussion platform for mountain states with determination to follow up what gets collectively agreed upon.

Each of these Summits have been characterized by diverse discussions, debates and exchanges. They have also produced specific policy briefings and recommendations, which are helping the dialogue on development practices and policies for the mountain states. The thematic focus of previous SMDSs held under the aegis of IMI were:

SMDS-I (2011), Nainital , UK

Hydropower, Adapatation measures under Climate Change, Rural Tourism, Community forestry

SMDS-II (2012), Gangtok, Sikkim

Water, Forests & Communities, Mountain Livelihoods

SMDS-III (2013), Kohima, Nagaland

Forests, Water: Rivers, streams & springs, Mountain agriculture

SMDS-IV (2015) , Itanagar , Arunachal Pradesh

Disaster Risk Reduction, Mountain Agriculture, Forests

SMDS-V (2016), Leh, Ladakh

Water Security, Skills for development in the mountains

SMDS-VI (2017), Aizawl, Mizoram

Climate Change & Sustainable Mountain Cities

SMDS-VII (2018) Solan, HP

Well-being of Next Generation of Farmers in the Himalayan Region

SMDS VIII (2019), Shillong, Meghalaya

Sustainable Mountain Initiatives for Livelihoods and Entrepreneurship for Youth

Previous SMDS events have resulted in several concrete policy outcomes for the mountain states. Notable among these include:

Constituting a working group-4 on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the mountain region by NITI Aayog of which IMI is a member
Initiating dialogue on having a National Mountain Policy as a direct outcome of SMDS-VI
Collaborating with MoEF&CC through NMHS on Understanding Mountain Peoples’ Approach and practices to combating Climate Change in the IHR: Research to Renewal & Reforms
Instituting a Commission on glaciers for the Himalayan States
Facilitating the Conclave of Himalayan States to discuss priorities of IHR in the 15th Finance Commission as a direct outcome of SMDS VII.