Dr Jitendra addresses the International Conference commemorating the Madrid Protocol on the Environment
NEW DELHI, October 4: Union Minister of State (independent officer) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Officer) Earth Sciences; MdS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today addressed the International Conference commemorating the signing of the Madrid Protocol for Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty .
The Conference virtually brought together the Prime Minister of the host country, Spain Pedro Sanchez, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of Australia James Morrison, ministers and delegates representing the various signatory countries of the Protocol.
Dr Jitendra Singh said India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is committed to reducing carbon emissions in the Antarctic atmosphere. He said that India has already adopted the green energy initiative by experimenting with the feasibility of wind power generation and installed moderate wind power generator (WEG) production on an experimental basis. The choice of combined heat and power (CHP) for the Bharati station to reduce carbon emissions in Antarctica also promotes India’s commitment to protect the environment, he said. he adds.
Dr Jitendra Singh said India looks forward to contributing to the evolution of the Committee for Environmental Protection’s (CEP) climate change response work program. He said that the climate-induced uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the polar oceans, causing acidification that destroys marine environments and ecosystems, gradually affecting fisheries and finally, propelling disastrous biome changes is l one of the challenges of the next 30 years. The Minister reiterated that India also anticipates the growth of tourism and illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) as potential problems.
Dr Jitendra Singh said India is committed to fully protecting the Antarctic environment and dependent and associated ecosystems, and designating Antarctica as a nature reserve dedicated to peace and science. He said that India also reaffirms its commitment to the Protocol on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty.
Dr Jitendra Singh said: “We have completed 30 years of adoption of the signing and implementation of the Madrid Protocol, which reaffirms its commitment to preserve the environmental and dependent ecosystems of Antarctica”. Forty-two States Parties adhering to the Madrid Protocol are a remarkable achievement in the sustainable preservation of the Antarctic environment and Indians felt honored to sign the “Protocol” in 1998, he added.