India and Germany on Monday signed a joint statement on forest landscape restoration, agroecology and sustainable management of natural resources as part of the sixth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGCs).
The Joint Statement of Intent on Forest Landscape Restoration was signed virtually between India’s Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav and Germany’s Environment and Nature Conservation Minister Steffi Lemke.
The agreement will provide a platform to advance partnership and support between the two countries in areas including conservation and restoration, climate protection and biodiversity conservation, the government said.
Under this initiative, Germany intends to provide up to 300 million euros by 2025 for financial and technical cooperation for projects.
In addition, India’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Germany’s Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, signed the declaration on agroecology and sustainable management of natural resources.
According to officials, the two countries plan to establish a joint research center backed by financial cooperation to develop and share cutting-edge knowledge with practitioners from India, Germany and other countries. This will seek to facilitate value-added technology and science transfer to respond to the changing agenda of agroecology.
A working group will be set up to oversee the implementation of this effort with relevant ministries, namely the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy and NITI Aayog.
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