New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 13th Conference of Parties (COP13) on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, through video conference today, where he called upon Tiger Range Countries present at CMS COP13, and also others, to come together to strengthen tiger conservation through sharing of benchmarking practices.
India, by 2020, will be launching its Marine Turtle Policy and Marine Stranding Management Policy, Prime Minister Modi asserted, saying this will also address the pollution caused by microplastics. Single use plastics have been a challenge for environment protection and India has been in mission mode to reduce its usage, the PM said.
Mentioning that several protected areas in India share common boundaries with the protected areas of neighbouring countries, Modi said cooperation in conservation of wildlife through establishment of ‘Trans-boundary Protected Areas’, would lead to very positive outcomes.
Reiterating the Union Government’s commitment to the path of sustainable development, the PM mentioned the release of the Linear Infrastructure Policy Guidelines to tailor development in ecologically fragile areas.
Modi explained how, in the spirit of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwaas”, millions of people living in the vicinity of forest areas in the country have now been integrated in the form of Joint Forestry Management Committees and Eco Development Committees, and associated with the protection of forest and wildlife.
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