India’s Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry and Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on Technical Cooperation on 13.09.2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will remain in effect for a 5-year period, and may be renewed for similar periods, as agreed upon by the two nations.
India’s Environment, Forest & Climate Change Minister Babul Supriyo on 29th November in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said, the MoU between India and Switzerland shall facilitate exchange of experiences, Best practices and technical knowhow between both the nations in the areas of cooperation on Environment.
The MoU also provides the possibility to have joint projects in areas of mutual interest, the minister said.
The ministry also stated that the MoU identifies several areas of cooperation including capacity building on Climate Change and sustainable water Management; sustainable forest management; sustainable development of mountainous regions; environmentally sustainable and resilient Urban Development; air, land and water pollution; clean and renewable energy and climate change risk management.
The key objective of the MoU is to enhance technical cooperation between India and Switzerland in the fields of Climate Change and Environment on a basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.
MoU takes into consideration the Shared concerns of both countries for the changing climate and interest in achieving sustainable development, the ministry stated.