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India's plea to nations on climate

india Updated: Jun 05, 2007 17:53 IST

Expressing concern at the rapid environmental and climate changes, India on Tuesday asked the industralised countries to take the lead in conservation as they account for the vast bulk of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

At a function to celebrate World Environment Day in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said "the impact of climate change are going to be of particular concern to India where a large section depends on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture and fishery."

The Ministry of State for Environment NN Meena said, "the countries responsible for creating the problem of climate change should come out in a big way to solve the issue. Their greenhouse gas per capita emissions even today are many times more than that of developing countries like ours."

Calling for the integration of climate concerns with developmental strategies, Meena listed out various steps taken by the government to mitigate climate change.

"There is no time to waste. We need to protect, enrich and augment our forest resources at all cost to not only moderate the climate and slow down the climate change but also benefit millions of people of the forest-fringe community," Sevugan Regupathyji, Minister of State for environment and forest said.

The function was organised by National Museum of Natural History on the occasion of its Founders Day being celebrated on Tuesday.

Awards were also presented to various people and organisations from across the country in recognistion of their activities in the environment sector.