Strategy discussion with international experts on Tiger Protection Policy in India
New Delhi, March 7, 2011
To address the challenges of tiger conservation in India, the MoEF, through the National Tiger Conservation Authority organised a meeting on "Strategy Discussion on Tiger Conservation". The meeting was chaired by Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh and attended by international and national tiger biologists, conservationists and field officers from various tiger states.
ICFRE recognised by UN as India's first certification entity for clean development mechanism
New Delhi, Feb 24, 2011
The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) has become the first Designated Operational Entity (DOE) in India to be accredited by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism to validate and certify functions in the sectoral scope of 'Afforestation and Reforestation' (A/R).
India today hosted a joint Indo-US workshop on HydroFluoroCarbons (HFCs). Speaking at the event, Minister Jairam Ramesh noted that India had been a responsible participant in the Montreal Protocol. India recognizes that while HFCs are a 'solution' from an ozone perspective, they are a 'problem' from climate change perspective, and that India would contribute to addressing the issue innovatively. It was agreed to set up a Joint Indo-US Task Force to study options for HFC phase-down, to submit its report by August 1, 2011.
India, World Bank to Deepen Cooperation on India's Green Agenda
New Delhi, 13th January, 2011
India and the World Bank today agreed to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda at a meeting between Minister Jairam Ramesh, and World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. The Minister and the Bank President discussed ways to further the Government's vision for a strong sustainable development agenda.
Joint MOEF-MOTA Committee on Forest Rights Act 2006 submits Report
New Delhi, 3rd January, 2011
The Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs constituted a Joint Committee in April 2010 to comprehensively review the implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. The Committee members were selected from a wide spectrum of stakeholders consisting of retired civil servants, forest officers, tribal department officers and representatives of Civil Society Organisations and NGOs. The Committee has submitted its final report and findings.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests today notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010. These Rules, which for the first time lay down legally enforceable provisions for the conservation and management of Wetlands, have been drafted to ensure better conservation and management and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands in India.
India hosts 6th meeting of BASIC Ministers on Climate Change
New Delhi, 1st March, 2011
The Environment Ministers of the four BASIC countries namely, Brazil, South Africa, India and China met in New Delhi to assess the post Cancun climate change policy and actions at the global and national level and discuss coordination going forward. This was the 6th meeting of the BASIC Ministers, who formed this quartet in Beijing in November 2009.
India launches major new study for valuation
of its natural capital and ecosystem services
New Delhi, Feb 25, 2011
The MoEF has initiated a major new programme to value the immense wealth of natural resources and biodiversity in India. Collaborating with The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study, the Ministry has begun the process of valuating its natural capital and ecosystem services in terms of economic value.
Cabinet approves decentralisation to strengthen tiger conservation in India
New Delhi, 13th January, 2011
The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of four IG level posts for the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). This decision, in conjunction with the recent decision to set up 3 regional offices of the NTCA in Nagpur, Guwahati and Bengaluru, is expected to give a major boost to India's tiger conservation efforts. Welcoming the decision, Minister Jairam Ramesh said: "There is no doubt that today's decision will strengthen the capacity of the NTCA to deliver on its mandate."
Indian event at Cancun re-emphasises importance of equity
Cancun, Mexico, 7th December, 2010
India hosted a major event at the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference at Cancun, where the critical issue of equity and equitable access to carbon space was emphasised. Mr. Jairam Ramesh personally chaired the side event which also saw participation of distinguished speakers from various national and international institutions of academic excellence.
The Two Cultures Revisited: Some Reflections on the Environment - Development Debate
Bangalore, Sep 28, 2010
Text of 11th ISRO-JNCASR Satish Dhawan Memorial Lecture by Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment and Forests, Shri Jairam Ramesh, delivered at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore.