January 17, 2018
New Delhi, January 17, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today shared its past experiences and lessons at the Environmental Seminar on Air Pollution to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Delhi-Fukuoka Friendship Agreement and to exchange views related to the critical environmental concerns in Delhi. The seminar was co-hosted by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, Fukuoka Prefectural Government, Japan, and JICA.
The Seminar was attended by dignitaries such as Mr. Hiroshi OGAWA, Governor of Fukuoka Prefectural Government of Japan, Mr. Akira HIGUCHI, Chairman of Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly and Mr. Anshu Prakash, Chief Secretary, Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi who voiced his concerns over the conditions of air pollution in the city. The event saw many international participants as well as local audience, who are eager to deepen their understandings on the issue.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "The expertise/knowledge exchanged at the seminar would contribute to enhance sustainability in the ecosystem and to improve the environment of Delhi. Japan has suffered from air pollution in the past, and our experience could be useful to support Delhi's effort towards blue sky. The first key message is that scientific analysis is essential to grasp the real mechanism of the air pollution in Delhi. We cannot jump to end-of-pipe technologies only. Based on scientific analysis, we have to come up with a holistic strategy to mitigate the serious air pollution, and it should involve awareness enhancement among the public as well as physical counter measures in technological, regulatory and economic spheres to deal with the pollution. Furthermore, reducing the pollutants through reforming our society, such as modal shift, is also very important. JICA's experiences over the world could provide common useful lessons for Delhi, and JICA is providing training programme on air quality management in Japan for officers from Delhi. We are willing to keep our support for the capacity development of Delhi government".
Following Mr. Sakamoto's presentation, representatives of the Environment Department of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and Fukuoka Prefectural Government have made their presentation respectively, the former sharing their analysis and action plan to tackle the issue, and the latter sharing their experiences of fighting the air pollution in the past in Fukuoka.
In India, JICA has extended soft loans amounting to 642 billion Japanese Yen (about Rs. 40, 000 crore) and technical cooperation for the expansion of Delhi Metro. Expanding metro ridership has significantly reduced the number of private vehicles, thereby reducing pollutants. JICA also supports the Children Forest Programme (CFP) in several states like Uttar Pradesh. It helps to develop a sense of nurturing trees among children, putting its focus on environment awareness activities. Over 1,000 schools are involved in this programme, where teachers and parents also join students in making mini-forests and creating more hygiene society. Furthermore, JICA is also supporting the "Reading Aloud Campaign" with picture-books that encourages the children to keep the world clean and be more eco-friendly in our daily life.
Mr. Anshu Prakash, Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, delivering his speech during the seminar
L-R - Mr. Hisao Chikara, Expert Researcher, Fukuoka Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences, Division of Air Sciences; Mr. Anil Kumar, Director, Department of Environment, Government of India and Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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