The flagship conference, the 11th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organised by The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI) was inaugurated today at Taj Palace in New Delhi. The DSDS this year is themed on “Tapping Local Initiatives and Tackling Global Inertia”. The summit envisaged the presence of various stakeholders, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, non-government sector, corporate houses and various research and academic institutions. DSDS 2011 was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh in gracious presence of H.E. Dr. Leonel Fernandez, President of Dominican Republic; H.E. Mr. James Alix Michel, President Seychelles; H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai, President Afghanistan; Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Fo
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh performing the Bhumi Phujan for construction of new building for Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) coming up at Aliganj in Delhi. Image courtesy PIB
For Nuclear Energy to be a serious candidate as an Energy option for the country, it must cross two major barriers. These are: 1) the problem of nuclear waste: transuranic isotopes that have long term radio toxicity and biohazards, that anyone who studied science in school will understand and 2) the problem of limited naturally fissile (U-235) fuel supply. Since these are difficult problems, the economic, environmental and socio-political acceptability of nuclear energy remains debatable. With this as the backdrop, the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) is organising a panel discussion inviting concerned citizens on 'Our Nuclear Future: Perspective and Prospects' on 3rd January, 2011 in the NMML Seminar Room of the Library Building. Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hob'ble Minister of St...
The two day Ministerial Meeting on ‘Climate Change-Technology Mechanism that concluded on 10 November 2010 saw ministers and representatives from 35 countries, regional groups and UN organisations. The discussions revolved around the creation and operationalisation of the technology mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). As a conclusion of this meeting it was realised that technology development and its transfer can play a central role in addressing climate change. While addressing the media about the upcoming COP16, Environment Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh focused on what was said by our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, that "we will play our positive role of a 'Deal maker, not a Deal breaker'. The Meeting also discussed the mandate of Ba
Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan among others releasing the 4X4 Assessment Report on India and Climate Change After becoming the first among developing countries to release updated greenhouse gas emissions report, India has taken another leap by releasing a “4X4” assessment of the impact of climate change on key sectors and regions across India in 2030s. The Report titled "Climate change and India: A 4X4 Assessment", provides an assessment of impact of climate change in 2030s on four key sectors of the Indian economy in four climate sensitive regions of India. These are Agriculture, Water, Natural Ecosystems and Biodiversity & Health for the Himalayan region, the Western Ghats, the Coastal Area and the North-East Region. The Report has been prepared by the MoEF led
Emphasizing on India’s commitment towards conserving the big cat, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced at the WWF-India event to introduce Youth Tiger Ambassadors, the addition of eight new Tiger Reserves to the existing 39 Tiger Reserves in the country within the next 6 to 8 months. These will be one each at Satyamangala in Tamil Nadu, Ratapani in Madhya Pradesh, Sonapeda in Orissa, the Biliriranga Hills near Mysore in Karnataka and two new Tiger Reserves each in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. These will be Nave Goan Nagzira and Bor and Pilibhit and Suhelwa respectively. Adding to the introduction of the Youth Tiger Ambassadors, the Minister said while other talk of saving the tigers, we actually save the tigers! India harbors a large proportion of the world’s tiger populat
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh releasing a book at the NPDCCA Meeting, along with fellow panelists Speaking at the National Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Action in New Delhi, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh brought out a very important concern: that adaptation to climate change is not only a government obligation but should be looked upon as a community responsibility. Mr. Ramesh said, “It is unfortunate that our approach on climate change has been unduly influenced by international negotiations. We need to delink from international community and focus on domestic agenda to fight climate change”. Expressing his views on making adaptation to climate change a community driven process Mr. Ramesh said, “The ministry has initiated an exercise where women self-help groups in K
WWF India's hunt for the Youth Tiger Ambassadors is now over as it introduced to the country, two progressive minded youth to represent India at the upcoming Youth Tiger Summit at Vladivostok in Russia. These Young Tiger Ambassadors will represent India at the Youth Summit which will be held parallel to the International Tiger Forum which is being hosted by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin from 21-24 Nov in St. Petersburg, Russia. The International Tiger Forum will be a one of its kind high level government meeting on tiger conservation. The Tiger Forum will discuss the global action for the conservation and rehabilitations of tigers across their range. It promises to be the most significant meeting ever held to discuss the fate of a single non-human species. As of now, we ...
“We should carry three tasks namely mandatory fuel economic standard, improvement in quality of fuel and fiscal policy regime. The immediate task ahead at us is to have Mandatory Fuel Economic Standards.", announced Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) in his inaugural speech at a workshop on ‘Promoting Low-carbon Transport in India’ in New Delhi today. Referring to improvement in quality of fuel, the Minister said that substantial work has been done in this area. He also informed how quality of fuel is critically linked to mandatory standards and that large improvements are required in fuel quality. At the workshop, Mr. Ramesh also informed that the Mandatory Fuel Economy Standards have been finalised and will be notified under the Energy conservation
Indian Environment Minster and his Mexican counterpart at the inaugural of the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change-Technology Mechanism in New Delhi The two day long New Delhi Ministerial Meeting on ‘Climate Change-Technology Mechanism’ began yesterday with about fifty countries participating in it. In his opening remark at the Meeting, the Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh clarified that technology does not get transferred but it gets developed, shared and gets bought as a commodity or at times even gets stolen. Mr. Ramesh is of the opinion that technology and finance are two pillars in climate change issue. The Meetings focused the discussion on three main issues: Structure, Governance and Finance of Technology Mechanism. Clarifying on the need for hosting such a m