Partnership for protecting our planet

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Illustration: TERI

The importance of clean energy, as well as keeping our oceans healthy, was Norway’s focus at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) in Delhi last week.

A number of research institutions from Norway, along with representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Norwegian Environment Agency, had come to discuss urgent environmental challenges. Norway pushed forward the agenda of clean oceans, clean energy, waste management and climate change – global challenges where we strongly believe it’s time for urgent action.

In his opening speech, Ambassador Kamsvåg stressed the need for reversing the rapidly deteriorating health of our oceans. He briefed the delegates about recent initiatives taken by the Government of Norway and invited the governments, research institutions, businesses and civil society to join a concerted effort and develop a sustainable ocean economy. This topic was also highlighted by The Norwegian Institute for Water Research.

The Norwegian research institute SINTEF presented initiatives towards building capacity in India in utilization of hazardous industrial and municipal solid waste in cement kilns. The University of Agder, Norway, together with other stakeholders, discussed the role of Smart Micro Grids in providing energy access to about 200 million households who still do not have seen the electricity.

Adaptation to climate change is an urgent priority for the farmers in India. In one of the summit sessions, the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research deliberated upon how advanced information and warning about local weather conditions can be provided to the farmers so that they can introduce appropriate adaptation measures in their farming practices.

The WSDS was arranged by TERI, an important partner for the Norwegian Embassy in promoting Indo-Norwegian cooperation in the field of environment and sustainable development. Norway’s decade-long partnership with the event was acknowledged by the organizers during the summit inaugural by the Prime Minister of India.