In June 2014 Geological Society and IERT University of Jammu’s conference on Sustainable Resource Development in the Himalayas in Leh brought together scientists from around the world to discuss, with stakeholders, how to develop and sustain the region’s rich and diverse resources. Benefits to local communities, and the nations to which they belong, must be maximised without undue damage to the environment which supports those communities in the long term; something which requires the coming together of modern science and traditional knowledge. His Excellency Shri N. N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir State and Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Urban Development & Urban Local Bodies, both attended the conference and expressed their wish to be closely associated with ongoing developments, including educational programmes. Read more
To celebrate this event, Indus Experiences is organising new, interdisciplinary tours led by John MacGillivray (geologist) and Heather Kelly (ecologist). Each tour will take a holistic approach to exploring the Indian NW area of the Himalayas, looking at geological, ecological and climatological aspects and the influence these have had on the people of who live here.
Underpinning everything is the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Eurasia. This is responsible for the unique geology and topography of the Himalayas which, in turn, affects the climate and ecology. On this tour we will travel from Srinagar to Leh, exploring various geological sites typical of a tectonic collision zone and examining the flora which the environment supports. Many of the plants may be familiar as garden ornamentals but we will also consider their significance as resources for the people of the region, both as foodstuffs and for medicinal purposes.
Natural surroundings influence how people live and work but are also, inevitably, affected by their presence. During the tour you will visit some important cultural and historical sites and see at first hand how the balance of nature and man is played out in this dramatic and-awe inspiring setting.
"For me, the Rocks, Routes & Shoots tour was a unique opportunity to explore the geology and landscapes of the western Himalaya. There were challenges during the earlier part of the tour but with good organisation these were overcome. The drivers were brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the comfort and professional hospitality of the Apricot Tree Hotel in Nurla. Accommodation at the Nomadic Life Camp in Korzag was basic but I think we expected that in such a remote location. It was a pleasure to share ideas with fellow geologists and the tour gave me an insight into the richness of the Buddhist religion."
Geoffrey S Dearn FGS