Global warming must be urgently brought under control, says EU environment minister

Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Sunday that biodiversity provides goods and services that provide natural habitat and are essential for the functioning of the global economy.

Around 40% of the world’s economy relies on organic products and any biodiversity conservation effort can only be successful by tackling the challenges posed by global warming, said the Minister for the Environment, Forests and of Climate Change at an event here.

“Global warming must be brought under control as a matter of urgency,” he said after opening an exhibition on the International Day for Biological Diversity. He noted that the country was on track to meet its biodiversity targets at the national level and was also contributing significantly to the achievement of the targets at the global level.

India has established a unique three-tier model of biodiversity resource governance at national, state and local levels, ensuring that the whole country is represented in the governance system, he said.

The Minister added that the convergence of peoples, culture and rich tradition of Tamil Nadu has preserved its unique biodiversity in the region. Yadav said the National Biodiversity Authority and the Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Board are working with the Irula Snake Catchers Industrial Cooperative Society to provide access to snake venom to iSERA Biological Private Ltd, which has signed an Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) agreement. )”.

According to the reconciliation, five percent of the total purchase price of snake venom on an annual basis would be deposited into the cooperative society’s account for the benefit of the community, he said. Such partnerships are necessary to strengthen and encourage conservation, he added.

Later, the Union Minister took part in the foundation stone ceremony for the construction of an Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESI) hospital in nearby Sriperumbudur district, which aims to serve residents of nearby communities. The hospital would be built at a cost of Rs 155 crore and would have a host of facilities including general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics, emergency, intensive care, among others.

Yadav said the central government has put in place several welfare programs aimed at benefiting the people, including providing e-Shram cards to 75 lakh workers employed in the unorganized sectors in the last eight months in Tamil. Nadu. Nearly 13.24 million workers and their families were receiving medical benefits under the ESI program, he said. In Tamil Nadu, the ESI scheme catered to the needs of 38.26 lakh policyholders and about 1.48 crore beneficiaries, he said.

The minister said that out of a total of 38 districts in Tamil Nadu, the ESI program has been fully implemented in 20 districts and partially implemented in 16 districts.

-With PTI input

Teresa H. Sadler