India, Norway launch joint initiative to combat marine pollution

India’s ministry of environment, forests and climate change on Monday signed a letter of intent with the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs to establish an India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative.

In January, the Indian and Norwegian governments agreed to work more closely on oceans by signing an MoU and establishing the India-Norway Ocean Dialogue during the Norwegian prime minister’s visit to India.
A joint task force with government officials, researchers and experts as well as private sector was established to develop sustainable solutions within strategic areas of the blue economy, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy sector.
In partnership, Norway and India will share experiences and competence, and collaborate on efforts to develop clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy.
Under the first joint initiative launched under this new partnership, India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative will combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns.
The joint initiative was signed formally by Nils RagnarKamsvag, ambassador to India, Embassy of Norway and Anil Kumar Jain, additional secretary in the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.
Through a range of implementing partners, this initiative will seek to support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analysing information about sources and scope of marine pollution and improve private sector investment. Support will also be directed towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production and developing frameworks for deposit schemes, an official release stated.