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Third Indo-German Environment Forum held in New Delhi

The third Indo-German Environment Forum with the theme "Cleaner Air, Greener Economy" was held in New Delhi on February 13, 2019. India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection and climate change adaptation.

Feb 14, 2019 13:35 IST
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The third Indo-German Environment Forum with the theme "Cleaner Air, Greener Economy" was held in New Delhi on February 13, 2019.

While inaugurating the forum, Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India and Germany have had a rich cooperation engagement for the last 60 years which extends to sectors such as natural resource management, urban environment protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation and innovative green technologies.

Key Highlights

The one-day event involved panel discussions and parallel sessions focused on challenges, solutions and necessary framework conditions of air pollution control, waste management and circular economy as well as the implementation of NDCs and SDGs based on Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 of UN respectively.

It saw participation from around 250 representatives of ministries, business and science as well as non-governmental organisations.

The forum provided an ideal platform for the bilateral exchange of high-level policy-makers and other key players on international environmental and climate policy and cooperation between the two countries.

It was organised by the two environment ministries in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Besides this, two Joint Declarations of Intent (JDI) were exchanged during the forum between CPCB Chairman SP Singh Parihar and German Environment Agency President Maria Krautzberger.

The declarations were signed to increase cooperation in the following areas:

(i) Clean air and combating air pollution

(ii) Preparation of reference and COINDS documents for textile sector.

Significance

Indo-German bilateral relations are founded on common democratic principles. Currently, Germany is amongst India's most important partners both bilaterally and in the global context.

According to German Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the progress and implementation of 2030 agenda is slow and window of opportunity for low carbon economy is dwindling and so the government, industry and society should do more.

She further stated that Indo-German Environment Forum needs to build on experience exchange and cooperation will be strengthened in the areas of marine litter, waste to energy, biodiversity, waste and water.

Background

Four working groups had met this year in the run-up to the forum, to discuss the progress made and to bring in new topics of mutual benefits.

Few of the outcomes have been cooperation in the field of marine litter, air pollution control, waste management, water pollution, circular economy, NDC implementation, SDG monitoring and climate change with focus on forestry and adaptation.

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