India committed to mainstream biodiversity consideration in all key sectors of development sectors: Environment Minister
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav said that mainstreaming biodiversity consideration in all key sectors of development and promoting human well-being and inclusive growth is the main ‘mantra’ of governance strategy.
The Minister stated this while addressing virtually delegates of the High-level ministerial segment of UN Biodiversity Conference, Round Table on ‘Putting biodiversity on a Path of Recovery’ yesterday.
Speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Yadav said that the pandemic has shown the entire humanity that respect for nature is not just a moral or ethical consideration, but it is imperative for keeping ourselves, our health and our economies safe, as well as for handing the future generations.
He said, India has always relied on a network of formal and informal institutions to fulfill its biodiversity conservation obligations.
Speaking on land restoration, the Minister said that it is the best solution for biodiversity loss and therefore there is an urgent need to restore the degraded lands.
He said, India has committed to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, more than its earlier target of 21 million hectares.
He informed that one of the India’s intended National Determined Contributions as part of Paris Agreement is to create additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover, which will also enhance biodiversity in India.