PM Modi says India's actions compliant with Paris Agreement goal
Modi said that India has been championing climate action based on values of conservation, sustainable lifestyle and green development model.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India is one of the few countries whose actions are compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping rise in temperature to below two degree Celsius.
Modi, while addressing COP13 delegates in Gandhinagar via video conferencing from Delhi, said India has been championing climate action based on values of conservation, sustainable lifestyle and green development model.
He also said that India is working to conserve migratory birds and that it is home to around 500 species of migratory birds from across the globe.
#India is blessed with diverse biological habitats; Conservation of wildlife and habitats has been part of Indian Cultural ethos for ages: PM @narendramodi addressing UN Conference on Conservation of Migratory Species. #CMSCOP13 via Video Conferencing@UNEP @BonnConvention pic.twitter.com/T9Q8jIxDSm— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 17, 2020
"India has prepared a national action plan to conserve migratory birds along the Central Asia flyway. We are ensuring that development happens without harming the environment," he added.
The Prime Minister said that India contributes to about eight per cent of the world's known bio-diversities and the country is blessed with diverse ecological habitats and has four bio-diversity hotspots.
He said that the Constitution is inspired by the ethos of Mahatma Gandhi of non-violence and protection of animals and it finds mention is several laws and legislations.
Modi said that India's forest cover has increased significantly and the present assessment indicates that the total forest cover is 21.67 per cent of the total geographical area of the country.
Speaking about the tiger population in the country, Modi said that the country has achieved its target of doubling the number of targets two years before the committed date of 2022.
India is also supporting more than 60 per cent of the global Asian elephant population and has taken several initiatives for the conservation of Asian elephants, he added.