The following is an interview of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director of Communications Satinder Bindra. Jairam Ramesh speaks on India’s commitment to the environmental cause on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011.
Further to the interview, while chairing a one day civil society seminar on “Nature & Livelihood: Women’s Perspective” called for also as part of the the World Environment Day celebrations, Jairam Ramesh said that conservation of forests is crucial for sustainable development and green economy of the country. He emphasized that the role of women and Gram Sabha is very crucial for forest conservation. He elaborated on the “Gram Sabha” and its greater role in the recently launched “Green India Mission”, which is one of the missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).