Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Giripremi announces Kangchenjunga Eco Project Team


PUNE: City’s premier mountaineering organization Giripremi has organised India’s largest civil expedition on India’s highest mountain- Mount Kangchenjunga in 2019 with ‘Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019.’ Along with climbing, a group of scientists, environmentalist and experts will study Kangchenjunga Biodiversity area under Eco Project. The team of this project was announced in Pune in a ceremony organised for celebration of World Environment Day.

Eco Project team consists Dr. Shrikant Karlekar (former head, Dept. of Geography, S.P. College, Pune), Ushaprabha Page (Founder President Giripremi and Environmentalist), Dr. Raymond Duraiswami (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology, SPPU), Dr. Sanjeev Nalavade (Retd. Assistant Professor, Fergusson College), Abhijeet Ghorpade (OSD Media, Coordination Cell, SPPU and Editor at Bhavtal Magazine) and Dr. Avinash Kandekar (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography, SPPU and Convener of ‘Eco Project’ of Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019). 

Dr. Karlekar will study geomorphology and landform, Page will study Alpine Flora, Dr. Duraiswami will contribute in Geology and Environmental Hydrology, Dr. Nalavade will study biodiversity and fauna, Ghorpade will handle Environmental Communication and Dr. Kandekar will contribute in GIS Mapping and hydro chemical analysis.

Dr. Karlekar said, “This project is an interesting project itself. This is first time mountaineers and researchers coming together to work towards environment. It will be a great opportunity for us to collect invaluable data. Researcher is always data thirsty, I am extremely happy to be a part of such noble project.”

Dr. Duraiswami said, “In todays world, Himalaya is the third pole. It is still most unexplored territory. Himalayas have lot to offer, and such projects serve the purpose. As a researcher, I am glad to be part of Eco Project.” Veteran mountaineer and leader of Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition, Umesh Zirpe explained the expedition and importance of eco project. He said, “Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 will be unique in several ways. It is India’s largest civilian expedition." 


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