India, China to launch Mount Kailash clean up programme

India and China firmed cooperation including a project to protect Mount Kailash.

Updated: May 08, 2010, 19:40 PM IST

Beijing: India and China Saturday firmed cooperation on a host of issues on the environment sector,
including a conservation project to protect Mount Kailash,
combating desertification and cleaning up of rivers and lakes.

Environment Minister Jairam Remesh, who is currently
here to attend a climate change conference, said India, China
along with Nepal would launch the Mount Kailash sacred
landscape conservation project.

"The Mount Kailash areas has a lot of cultural and
religious significance and had faced number of ecological
challenges which would be addressed by the joint initiative of
the three countries," Ramesh told Indian Correspondents here

The initiative is being launched in collaboration with
United Nations Environment Programme, (UNEP) and International
centre for Integrated Mountain Development Kathmandu, he said.

A second meeting to discuss the project would be held
at Jaiuzahijou in Sichuan province in September this year, he

China and India have agreed to intensify their
cooperation in the field of desertification and tree genetics,
he said.

A high level delegation of Indian forest officials has
already studied China`s programmes like extending forest cover
to 40 million hectares in next 10 years. India managed to
extend forest cover to four million hectares in a decade.

Also for the first time China has discussed with India
on exchanging tree plasms.

An Indian delegation would be in China in June to
further explore areas in environment protection particularly
to study Chinese experience in cleaning rivers and lakes.

Ramesh said during his meeting with Xie Zhenhua, Vice
Chairman of the China`s National Development and Reform
Commission, he had proposed to intensify cooperation in the
field glaciology and water resources.

He said India`s first clean coat integrated
gasification combined cycle plant inaugurated by him in
Vijayawada in 2008 is yet to take off where as China is
building a huge plant in Tianjin.