Launch of Water Literacy Programme in India
Gandhinagar: Addressing the ongoing global debate on ‘Sustainable Development,’ intertwined with the concerns around climate change and water security, Department of Water Supply of Gujarat organized a seminar during Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, bringing together policy makers, experts and investors to deliberate of the subjects.
Shri Vijay Rupani, Minister for Water Supply, of the state government welcomed all the delegates. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC, and Director General TERI, Mr. Mogens Jensen, Denmark Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation and Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India were the eminent speakers.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the launch of ‘Jal Saksharta Abhiyan’ (Water Literacy Programme) to ensure awareness of water security among masses. He said, “Pilot project 2015 cleaning Ganga will also take care of cleaning all other rivers in the country. It is our mission to ensure water security by 2025, he emphasized.
In his address, Dr. Pachauri talked about changes in the global water cycles, the warming of the oceans and their acidification as a result of 30% of the carbon dioxide emitted since the beginning of industrialization.
Mr. Jensen stressed that India is projected to be reaching a ‘water stressed’ situation and will face the largest urban expansion in next fifty years with far reaching consequences.
Prof. Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council, Sao-Paolo, Brazil; Dr. peter Brabeck – Letmathe, Chairman, Nestle, Switzerland and Dr. Bindu Lohani, Vice President, ADB, Manila and other experts in the sector addressed the distinguished gathering.
9 MoUs were signed during the seminar. A few key MoUs were:
• Calcium Carbonate Santosh Agro Chemicals committed to purification of CaCO3
• Joint association of EVAKry, Finland and Vaghani Group India pledged to transfer of technology and know-how in the field of ship building, repair and recycling.
• Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd. proposed to design, build and operate a refrigerated propane Butane/LPG import terminal
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