MIL-OSI Translation: Federal Environment Ministry supports India in forest and climate protection

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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear SafetyGermany and India are intensifying their cooperation on forest protection and making a contribution to achieving the sustainability goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Lemke and Yadav sign a declaration of intent as part of the 6th Indo-German intergovernmental consultations

Germany and India are intensifying their cooperation in forest protection and are thus making an important contribution to achieving the global sustainability goals (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke and Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav signed a joint declaration of intent today at the 6th Indo-German intergovernmental consultations. Germany will support India as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) in restoring forests and forest landscapes (Forest Landscape Restoration). Federal Minister for the Environment Steffi Lemke: “Extreme heat waves like the one currently in India, forest fires and pandemics remind us how vulnerable our planet is and how much we depend on healthy nature and effective climate protection. In the ongoing Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, we want to end the ongoing degradation of forests and ecosystems and restore the balance between humans and nature. We have to think about the climate crisis and species extinction together. Committed forest protection is doubly good: for climate protection and for the preservation of biological diversity. The new project to restore forests in India, funded by the International Climate Initiative, is helping to regulate the water balance. It promotes additional income and employment in rural areas and brings cool and fresh air to cities.”India and Germany have been working closely together to protect the climate and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for many years and want to further intensify this cooperation. With the joint declaration of intent signed today by the two environment ministries on forest protection cooperation, another cornerstone has been laid. Because the restoration of forests and forest landscapes (Forest Landscape Restoration) is a dynamic process for the production of ecological functionality, for securing area productivity, for protecting biological diversity and the climate. For example, the diverse ecosystem services in already degraded forests in India are to be restored, thereby strengthening their resilience to the climate crisis. At the same time, the reforested fallow land will bind additional carbon as a natural climate protection measure. As part of the so-called “Bonn Challenge”, India has set itself the goal of restoring 26 million hectares of forest by 2030. In doing so, Germany wants to support India, which due to its size and the diversity of its natural resources is facing major challenges in the fight against the climate crisis and the loss of biological diversity. India aims to increase its forest cover from 21 to 33 percent and has the potential to restore 140 million hectares of forest. For 300 million Indians, the forest also represents the basis of life and livelihood. Today’s government consultations, chaired by Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Modi, offer an important platform for further advancing the achievement of the climate goals and SDGs together with India.

05/02/2022 | Press Release No. 049/22 | International

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