India has committed to the ‘Coastal Clean Seas Campaign’ and a complete ban on single-use plastics: Dr Jitendra Singh

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India today assured the global community that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has pledged to protect at least 30% of ‘our’ lands, waters and oceans, and thereby uphold its commitment to 30X30 by 2030.

During India’s statement to the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, India’s Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh, said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all efforts are deployed to achieve the 30×30 objective in mission mode in accordance with the COP. resolutions. He said he was here at the United Nations forum to present Modi’s vision for the conservation and sustenance of the oceans and ocean resources to the world.

Recall that India has joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, initiated during the “One Planet Summit” in Paris in January 2021, which aims to promote an international agreement to protect at least 30% of land and ocean by 2030.

Dr. Jitendra Singh assured ministers, delegates and representatives from over 130 countries attending the 5-day conference that India will also provide science and innovation-based solutions for the implementation of SDG- Goal 14 through partnerships and environmentally friendly solutions. Goal 14 calls for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.

Dwelling on the theme of the conference “Enhancing science and innovation-based ocean action for the implementation of Goal 14: Taking stock, partnerships and solutions”, Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that the India will take all possible steps to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14, which addresses some of the challenges facing life under the sea. He informed that the government led by Prime Minister Modi has taken several initiatives, programs and policy interventions across different ministries and departments to protect marine and coastal ecosystems, mangroves and coral reefs.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, “India has embarked on the ‘Clean Seas and Coastal Campaign’ and declared that India will soon achieve a comprehensive ban on single-use plastics. One of the best examples is the phasing out of plastic/polythene bags and promoting alternatives such as the use of cotton/jute bags, he said. Research aimed at collecting scientific data and information on marine litter in different matrices, i.e. coastal waters, sediments, biota and beaches within the framework of national policy formulation, has already started, added the Minister.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said India has unveiled its vision for the next decade, listing the ten most important dimensions of India’s growth to 2030. “Deep Ocean Mission is set implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with six thematic areas, which include the development of ocean climate change advisory services to address climate resilience, the exploration and conservation of deep seabed biodiversity, the development of technologies to exploit ocean resources and capacity building.

Dr. Jitendra Singh told Member States that India has established well-established collaboration and partnerships with UN agencies and research institutes to fill gaps in methodology and data on SDG indicators and work towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030, for a clean environment, a healthy, productive, predictive, safe and accessible ocean.

The minister also pointed out that India is partnering with many countries in the areas of integrated ocean management and marine spatial plans framework for sustainable development and ecosystem conservation. He proposed to establish a Sustainable Coastal and Oceanic Research Institute (SCORI) to meet the needs and aspirations of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), he informed.

Dr Jitendra Singh thanked Portugal and Kenya, co-hosts of the conference, and greatly appreciated the indispensable initiative of the President of the United Nations to mobilize support for timely actions on this important Sustainable Development Goal following the complicity in the Covid-19 pandemic.

(With GDP entries)

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