Multifaceted Cooperation with India on Sustainable Development
As a follow-up of the impetus given by President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who expressed the importance they attached to environmental issues in their Joint Statement on 6 December 2010 in New Delhi, the Indo-French High-Level Working Group on the Environment met in Paris in 2011.
Ongoing Indo-French partnerships among institutions, industries and/or academic bodies related to energy efficiency, new and renewable energies, water, and forests were addressed. Dr Tishya Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, called also on Mr Serge Lepeltier, French Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, and Mr Jean-Pierre Thebault, French Ambassador at large for the Environment, for increasing exchanges of views between India and France in the run-up to forthcoming international meets: Rio+20 Earth Summit mid-2012, Biological Biodiversity CBD COP11, Hyderabad, October 2012 and the next Climate UNFCCC COP.
A bilateral Action Plan aimed at poverty eradication, promotion of sustainable development, and biodiversity management, was formulated to hike the number of bilateral projects, in particular on innovation, for which India is particularly suited. Another meeting of the Indo-French Working Group on the Environment, to be held in Delhi in September 2012, will review this bilateral action.
French Advisor posted at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India
10 projects on biomass, wind power, small hydro and solar energy financed by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD).
Reorganization of the water supply system for the city of Jodhpur.
Technical assistance for modernizing Pimpri-Chinchwad water distribution network, as well as expertise for waste water management projects in the Ganga river basin for the Clean Ganga National Mission.
Indo-French Water Network : a November 2011 French Embassy and NIAS - Bangalore joint initiative for developing scientific and business ties. More than 80 Indian and French stakeholders have already expressed their interest in joining the network.
Pluri-annual reforestation project throughout the State of Assam through integrated, multi-scale and participative planning.
Exchange of best practices on eco-tourism between French and Indian local authorities and experts (Goa Seminar on “Sustainable Tourism” in May 2011).
Promotion of Indo-French business by UBIFRANCE:
“Indo-French Technology Meet” on Sustainable Mobility and Green Buildings (Delhi-Mumbai, September 2011).