Specifically, the agreement between the two countries is a Task Force on the Blue Economy that combines the expertise of government officials, researchers and experts as well as private sector, to develop sustainable solutions within strategic areas of the blue economy, such as maritime and marine sector in addition to energy sector.
Moreover, through this cooperation, India and Norway will share experience and find ways to develop clean and healthy oceans, sustainable use of ocean resources and growth in the blue economy.
The India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative will combat marine pollution, which is one of the fastest growing environmental concerns.
The Joint Initiative was signed formally by Mr. Nils RagnarKamsvag, Ambassador to India, Embassy of Norway and Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India.
Through a variety of implementing partners, this initiative will support local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, develop systems for collecting and analyzing information about sources and scope of marine pollution and improve private sector investment.
Support will also be directed towards beach clean-up efforts, awareness raising campaigns and pilot project using plastic waste as fuel substitution for coal in cement production and developing frameworks for deposit schemes.