Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh will visit China next month during which the two countries are expected to broaden their cooperation on climate change negotiations and discuss issues related to environment, forest management and renewable energy.
Ramesh will arrive in Beijing in May on a three-day visit. He will hold consultations with Chinese leaders on extending cooperation on climate change negotiations and various other issues, official in Beijing said.
During his visit, Ramesh will also address a meeting organised by the National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC) on climate change and environmental issues.
Ramesh headed India's first Ministerial delegation at the Chinese sponsored Boao Forum for Asia last week, which is the Sino-Indian cooperation in climate change negotiations. He broke the ice between the two countries at the Forum and paved the way for building more trust and understanding between the two countries.
India and China have been cooperating closely on climate change negotiations and played a major role in clinching the 'Copenhagen Accord', along with Brazil and South Africa, at the 2009 December Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, a six-member delegation, headed by Additional Director General of Forests P B Gangopadhyay, is currently visiting China to study forest management methods being adopted by Beijing.
China has successfully implemented reforestation programmes in recent years expanding its forest cover by about 20 per cent. Indian officials wanted to study these methods.
The India-China cooperation in forest management is expected to cover prevention and control of desertification, construction of wildlife and wetland natural reserves and the development of fast-growing, high-yield timber forests.