Guwahati: Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition (MTE), France, who is in India on a five-day visit to deepen Indo-French ties on sustainable development, visited Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, Assam on Sunday.
She was accompanied by Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, Virginie Corteval, Consul General, and Bruno Bosle, Country Director, AFD India.
The entourage visited the Kohora and Bagori Range area of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. During the trip, they also visited Panbari village and Kaziranga Rescue Centre. The minister and an 11-member team also visited different projects in Kaziranga undertaken by the French Development Agency.
India and France will sign two agreements on renewable energy and urban mobility during the five-day visit to India by a key member of President Emmanuel Macron’s government to bolster bilateral cooperation on sustainable development.
As per sources, the minister will visit IIT Guwahati also besides the Park in the state. At the IIT-Guwahati, Pompili will interact with researchers of the Centre of Excellence-Sustainable Polymers, credited with developing India’s first biodegradable plastic.
KNP, one of the sites of the Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC). The French Development Agency (AFD) has been working with Assam since 2012, providing financial and technical assistance to the Park to support biodiversity conservation efforts, sustainable management of forests and creation of alternate livelihoods for forest-dependent communities.
Besides, she will also travel to Surat for discussions with Indian and French players involved in smart mobility and sustainable urban development projects.
Barbara Pompili is the second senior French minister to visit India amid the pandemic. Defence minister Florence Parly traveled to India last September to attend a ceremony marking the induction of the first batch of French-made Rafale combat jets into the Indian Air Force.
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