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India, Norway sign first joint initiative to combat marine pollution

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a bid to fight marine pollution, Monday signed a letter of intent with the establishing the India-Initiative.

The letter was signed by the Ministry of Environment, (MoEFCC) establishing the initiative with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a statement from the to the (EAC-PM) said.

"In January, 2019, the Indian and Norwegian governments agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing an MoU and establishing the India-Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian Prime Minister's visit to in January," it said.

The joint initiative was signed by Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, and Nils RagnarKamsvag, Norway's to

The statement from the EAC-PM said his is the first joint initiative under this new partnership and the India-Initiative will combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns.

In partnership, Norway and India will share experiences and competence, and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy, it said.

Among those present at the event were Marianne Hagen, Deputy Minister, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and M Rajeevan, Secretary,

This initiative will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of and improve private sector investment, the government said.

Support will also be directed towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in and developing frameworks for deposit schemes, it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 23:05 IST