September 27, 2015: Tibetan Women’s Association’s Women, Environment and Development desk in collaboration with Students for a Free Tibet-India organized a panel discussion on Tibet’s Rivers to observe World Rivers Day, and used the opportunity to shine a light on the worsening situation of Tibet’s environment in general, and rivers in particulars. The panel discussion was held at Hotel Tibet, Mcleodganj, and the panelists included Tsering Tsomo, Director, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Dhardon Sharling, Member of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, and Jyotsna George, Campaigns Director, Students for a Free Tibet-India.
Tsering Tsomo, Director, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, opened the discussion with a presentation on the current status of Tibet’s rivers, and China’s policies of ‘development’ in Tibet, highlighting the various dams that have been built, and are under construction on Tibet’s rivers.
Jyotsna George, Campaigns Director, Students for a Free Tibet-India, then spoke on the need for downstream nations to be gravel concerned about the status of Tibet’s rivers, underlining the survival of nearly 2 billion Asians in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos.
Dhardon Sharling, Member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Steering Committee member, International Tibet Network, closed with a presentation on victories achieved in the international community, and what is the scope for international mechanisms to safeguard Tibet’s rivers in particular, and environment in general.