UNEP to act as knowledge partner in State’s action plan for climate change

Amaravati: Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Erik Solheim, informed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that they are interested in collaborating in the climate resilient programmes and also to act as a knowledge partner in the State’s action plan for climate change.

The Chief Minister held a meeting with Erik Solheim, at the Secretariat. The United Nations Environment Programme’s potential role was discussed in assisting Andhra Pradesh in achieving its environmental priorities.

The Chief Minster told Erik that Andhra Pradesh has a strong base of forest cover and that the state has adopted a mission to increase the green cover to 50 per cent by 2029. He added that his main objective is to make Rayalseema as a horticulture hub and develop the forest area in the State.

During the discussion the Chief Minister said that he is doing his best to the put the State on fast track mode and briefed Erik about the challenges the bifurcation has posed and also about the vision the state has adopted. He said that inspite of those challenges Andhra Pradesh has achieved 4.5 per cent more growth than at the national level growth rate.

Erik appreciated the Chief Minister for his vision and said that he would support and promote success stories like Andhra Pradesh. The Chief Minister informed Erik that Amaravati will be a blue and green city and suggested for possible collaboration in bringing the world’s best practices to the State.

The Chief Minister asked Erik and his team members to bring out best practices for reducing temperatures in the State. Greening of AP, conservation of Mangroves, role in State action plan for climate change, water conservation and Smart cities are some of the areas in which UNEP can provide possible assistance to AP.

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