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  • Seminar on Climate Change and Eco Technologies strengthens the Indo-Belgian Collaboration: TERI and Belgium sign MoUs to work towards sustainable development

    5 November 2008

    Climate Change has become a global environmental issue and has also been recognized as an issue of global peace. The direct & indirect impacts of climate change are being felt on agricultural productivity, forests, ecosystems, water resources, human health, society and industry. To address this issue, TERI organized a seminar inaugurated by Dr Karan Singh, Hon'ble Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha. Present on the occasion were Dr R K Pachauri, Director - General TERI and Chairman IPCC, Prof Jean - Pascal van Ypersele, Vice Chair, IPCC and Belgium delegates headed by the King of Belgium, Albert II and Queen Paola. Apart from them the seminar also had the presence of Mr Thomas Leysen, President, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB), Sh Shyam Saran, Special Envoy, Prime Minister's office, Mr V Raghuraman, Senior Advisor - Energy & Climate Change, CII, senior officers from the Ministry of Environment and Forest and representatives of the Belgium government and industry.

    Inaugurating the seminar, Dr Karan Singh said, "Dr Karan Singh in his inaugural address stressed on the need for finding an urgent solution to climate change. He said "We have a unique challenge ahead in time and our actions can be driven much further and faster if we are optimistic towards the solutions we provide for climate change. We need to emphasize the relative ease of solutions to climate change and if action is carried out correctly in this direction, it will certainly add to the economic output and further moot up employment opportunity world over." He also added that "In India we need a mix of policy to stir the movement of climate change. Technological and policy solutions of making large scale renewable energy available in India, is a direction where we can head as of now."

    The seminar brings together Indian and Belgian academicians, economic actors and political decision makers who discussed the challenges faced by both countries due to climate change and the need for collaboration on various fronts, vis-a-vis promotion of eco-technologies, its transfer and diffusion.

    Addressing the distinguished gathering, Dr R K Pachauri, noted "The seminar was held to explore opportunities for cooperation and collaborative projects between India and Belgium and European countries in general, by which both countries can find solutions to local environmental problem and the larger global issue of climate change. There is a natural complimentarity in efforts that can be made between India and Belgium."

    The inaugural session focused on broader issues pertaining to the challenges and opportunities faced due to climate change at the global as well as national level. The second session discussed the present energy challenges and the need for a more diversified system to address these issues. Session three, highlighted India's National Action Plan on Climate Change and the opportunities it presents for development and collaboration on clean technologies in the areas of solar, biomass, transportation, solid waste etc. Discussion on technological development and know-how available with Belgian enterprises and universities identified joint areas for collaboration. The last session witnessed brief presentations by two representatives each from Indian and Belgian private sector.

    Two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed during the seminar. The first, between TERI and the Federal Government of the Kingdom of Belgium to establish a liaison office of TERI in Brussels to promote research on climate change, energy, environment and sustainable development and to further strengthen the relation between India and Belgium.

    The second MoU was signed between TERI and Universite catholique de Lauyain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) to share knowledge, technology and products generated out of the MoU and ensure interdisciplinary and multi disciplinary activities for a positive impact on development of sustainable development sector.

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