September 19, 2005

Canada, India to pursue further co-operation on environmental matters

OTTAWA, ONT-Meetings between federal Environment Minister St√ąphane Dion and senior environmental ministers from India earlier this month have led to an agreement between Canada and India to further their environmental co-operation. The two nations will continue discussions toward establishing a Memorandum of Understanding on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and a Canada-India environment forum, including green technology development. (The Kyoto Protocol established the CDM to encourage developed countries such as Canada to invest in projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in emerging and developing countries, including India, to benefit the global environment.) Both parties will report on further progress toward these goals during an international meeting of environment ministers hosted by Minister Dion on September 23-24 in Ottawa. The meeting will bring together consulting parties on Canada's preparations for the November United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Montreal. Dion met with India's Environment and Forests Minister A Raja, India's Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources Vilas Muttemwar, Planning Commission member, Dr Kirit S Parikh and International Panel on Climate Change Chair Dr RK Pachauri.

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