Policy Dialogue in Environment and Climate Change
Germany and India signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of environmental protection as far back as September 1998. Since then, cooperation has also expanded to management of waste, water and renewable energies.
Inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability are basic elements of the development policy of the Indian Government. The Indo-German Development Cooperation supports and enhances the sustainable use of the environment and natural resources by focusing on climate change adaptation in agriculture, forestry, water and livelihoods in rural and semi urban areas as well as greening of value chains through climate proofing instruments.
- In April 2011, Germany sponsored a side-event at the India Water Forum in New Delhi, which focused on water security and climate change. The side-event itself provided a regional perspective through the theme of “Water, Climate Change and conflict in South Asia”, with speakers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Germany.
- Between 2009 and May 2011, Germany sponsored and co–organized the Carbon Bazaar, a larger yearly bilateral forum in New Delhi providing a platform to the various aspects of carbon markets. The Carbon Bazaar was merged with the Carbon Conclave organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2012, but continues to have a strong German component. This year’s full-day event was dedicated to India’s new domestic market instruments, as well as to the future of the international carbon markets. The event also brought together buyers and sellers of carbon credits.
- In October 2012, Mrs. Gudrun Kopp, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and her delegation travelled to India, attended the Urban Mela (Indo-German Year) in New Delhi, while also travelling to Bangalore for policy dialogue with the Government of Karnataka in the field of preservation of environment.