India, Norway to collaborate for protecting biodiversity

India, Norway to work together for developing expertise relating to protection of biodiversity.

New Delhi: India and Norway will work together for developing professional expertise in dealing with policy and legal issues relating to protection of biodiversity.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and his Nowegian counterpart Erik Solheim signed an agreement for establishing a Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law (CEBPOL) in the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) in Chennai.

The objective of CEBPOL is to develop professional expertise in the complex and still-evolving policy and legal issues relating to biodiversity, including access and benefit sharing, through research, development and training.

Ramesh said Norway has also offered to help Indian companies in carbon sequestration.

"This is significant from the point of view on global warming. We will emerge as world`s second largest coal user within seven-eight years, any technology for carbon capture and sequestration is of great importance to us," he said.