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India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative launched

Date: 12 February 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has signed letter of Intent (LoI) with Norwegian ministry of Foreign Affairs for establishing India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative. This initiative is aimed at combating marine pollution, which is one of fastest growing environmental concerns.

India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative

  • It is first Joint initiative to be launched under new partnership on blue economy between India and Norway.
  • It is aimed at combating marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns.
  • Under it, India and Norway will share experiences, competence and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans.
  • Both countries will jointly collaborate for sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy.
  • Through a range of implementing partners, it will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of marine pollution and improve private sector investment.
  • Under it, support will be provided for beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production and developing frameworks for deposit schemes.

Background

  • India and Norway in January 2019 had agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing MoU and establishing India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during Norwegian Prime Minister’s visit to India.
  • They also had established Joint Task Force on Blue Economy to develop sustainable solutions within strategic areas of blue economy, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy sector.
  • Under this partnership, both countries will share experiences and competence and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in blue economy.