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New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav on Monday held a bilateral meeting with German delegation to discuss bilateral cooperation in new areas of biodiversity, climate change, and technology.

The German delegation was headed by Ralph Brinkhaus for the German-Indian Parliamentary Group of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag).

Yadav said the conversation focused on exploring pathways to sustainable development, particularly focusing on circular economy, tackling single-use plastic, forest management and climate resilience.

“In the meeting, the German delegation raised issues relating to impact of climate change on forests, trilateral cooperation in Africa on environment and climate, circular economy, alternatives for plastics, and how both countries may further explore bilateral cooperation in these areas," the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said in a statement.

Responding to the queries of the German delegation, Yadav emphasised the importance of Mission LiFE launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The minister mentioned about the various steps taken by India for combatting plastic wastes, alternatives for plastics, conservation of endangered species and forests, forest surveys, agroforestry.

Yadav acknowledged and appreciated the efforts made by Germany in the areas of technology, water, circular economy, forestry through bilateral cooperation.

On trilateral cooperation in Africa, the minister stated that Ministry of Power is undertaking various projects in Africa. But, for any trilateral cooperation in Africa on environment and climate, Ministry of External Affairs has to be consulted first. As for India’s G-20, it will be guided by the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, and the concerns of Global South also need to be addressed accordingly.

Concluding the meeting, both sides agreed that they have common interests in many areas, and may explore strengthening bilateral cooperation in new areas of biodiversity, climate change, energy technology among others.

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