Congress Theme

Environment, Development and Sustainability: The Exigency of Geography for a Resilient Future

Threats and stresses to our 21st-century world come in all shapes and sizes, just as they have since the beginning of human existence. What distinguishes today’s threats from those of the past however is the escalating scale at which they are occurring, regardless of manmade borders. Problems and challenges once identified and evaluated discretely – the economy, social-cultural issues and our environment are now-a-days undistinguishably interlinked. Today’s world faces an unprecedented array of inextricably interlinked challenges such as population growth, biodiversity loss, climate change, resource depletion, energy crisis, water scarcity, food insecurity, unmanageable urbanization, and regional and social inequalities, poor health and education. These are collectively impacting the lives of individuals and communities across the globe and increasing vulnerability of the most marginalised and the deprived. Therefore, there is a need to develop the competence of a system, entity, community, or person to endure shocks to recover quickly and effectively from catastrophe and develop the capability of maintaining its essential functions. These need to be re-explored with a spatio-temporal approach, especially in the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic and global and national targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at various geographical scales. Geography is a subject of great importance which deals with Spatio-temporal synthesis of Human-nature interrelationships. It bridges the gap between the cultural and the physical environment and uses traditional and modern methods to assess, examine, and evaluate both the environment and find solutions to the world's crucial problems. This integrative and holistic approach in geography can provide practical forecasts of the consequences of man’s interference with natural forces and answers to social, economic, and environmental problems that are inherently sustainable. The themes of the conference express major concerns of our time and reflect the consequences of spatial decisions. Thus, scholars from various branches of geography share their knowledge through the lens of their own experiences, so we can begin to explore some of the ways it can help preparing for, withstand, and emerge stronger from the acute shocks and chronic stresses of the 21st century for a resilient future.

Panel Discussion Themes

To be Announced in 2nd Circular

Memorial Lectures

  • Prof. E Ahmed Memorial Lecture
  • Prof. VLS Prakasha Rao Memorial Lecture
  • Prof. P Dayal Memorial Lecture