The agreement was signed by the Minister of Environment and Development Erik Solheim and India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi on 19th November.
– The goal of the Norwegian support is to ensure that India achieves its goals to preserve biodiversity. The development of a technical cooperation between two countries will make an important contribution to this effort. Our new law on biodiversity is a good example of what we can bring to India in this area, " said Environment and Development Minister Erik Solheim.
India gives great importance to efforts to preserve biodiversity. Key tasks for the new center will be to provide advice and training to Indian authorities, national and local efforts to preserve biodiversity. It will build up expertise in policy and legislation in this area and be closely linked to the issues raised in the Convention on Biological Diversity. On the Norwegian side, Directorate for Nature Management and Fridtjof Nansen Institute will contribute to the academic cooperation and mutual learning.
– We have hopes that this center can play an important role in efforts to preserve biodiversity in India. The center is now being established in the aftermath of the key international agreement on access and distribution of genetic resources from Nagoya, and is a good example of Norwegian-Indian political and academic dialogue in several years in the environmental field" said Solheim.