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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 580
ANSWERED ON:  06.04.2018
Cooperation with France
KAVITHA KALVAKUNTLA
Will the Minister of



ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-


(a) whether the Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France for cooperation in the field of environment;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether the said MoU will help in bringing or transferring green technology to the country; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?


ANSWER
MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

(DR. HARSH VARDHAN)

(a) to (d) The statement is laid on the Table of the House.

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STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) to (d) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 580 DUE FOR ANSWER ON 06.04.2018 REGARDING COOPERATION WITH FRANCE ASKED BY SHRIMATI KAVITHA KALVAKUNTLA

(a) Yes, Madam. The Government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with France in the field of environment.

(b) A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Environment was signed between India and France. From Indian side, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon''ble Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and from French side Ms. Brune Poirson, Hon''ble Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition signed the MoC. The MoC was exchanged between both the countries on 10.03.2018. A copy of the MoC is annexed herewith as Annexure – I.

The areas of cooperation under this Memorandum of Cooperation include:-
• Climate change including technologies related to climate change;
• Air quality;
• Integrated water resources management including water quality and river management;
• Chemical and waste management and circular economy;
• Forests and biodiversity protection;
• Resource and energy efficiency;
• Conservation of marine and coastal Resources;
• Control of illegal trade in wildlife and products made therefrom;
• Wildlife forensics; and
• any other area of cooperation that may be mutually decided upon by the Parties.

The MoC will enable establishment and promotion of closer and long-term cooperation between the two countries in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources on the basis of equity, reciprocity and mutual benefits, taking into account the applicable laws and legal provisions in each country.

(c)&(d) As per Article (1), the first objective of the Memorandum of Cooperation is to establish a basis for exchange of information between the Government officers and technical experts of the respective parties in the field of environment and climate change. Article 4 of the Memorandum of Cooperation gives emphasis on capacity building and technical assistance.

So far as bringing or transferring green technology to the country is concerned, the Joint Working Group on Environment and other bilateral cooperation on environment of both the countries have been mandated to address the same within the meaning of technical assistance (Article 4) read with Intellectual Property Rights (Article 5).


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