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NCAVES India Forum 2021 organised

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment; Ecology; Economy

In news

  • Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum-2021 is being organised.

  • Ministry:Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).

Key takeaways 

  • The NCAVES Project is funded by the EU.

  • Jointly implemented by:United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

  • In India, it is being implemented by:Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC).

  • India is one of the five countries taking part in this project.

  • The other countries being Brazil, China, South Africa and Mexico.

  • The participation in the project has helped MoSPI commence the compilation of the Environment Accounts as per the UN-SEEA framework and release environmental accounts in its publication “EnviStats India” on an annual basis since 2018.

  • Under the NCAVES Project, the India-EVL Tool has been developed.

  • This is a look-up tool giving a snapshot of the values of various ecosystem services in the different States of the country, based on about 80 studies conducted across the country.

‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’ drive

 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III –Economy

In news

  • Under the ICAR’s initiative ‘Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav’, Cleanliness drive was carried out recently in Ibrampur, Veling and Parra villages in Goa.

Important value additions 

  • “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” was launched in 2015.

  • It is the flagship programme of the Prime Minister of India.

  • Objective:To provide farmers with required information, knowledge and advisories on regular basis by adopting villages.

  • Aim: To promote the direct interface of scientists with the farmers to hasten the lab to land process.

  • Implemented by:Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an autonomous body responsible for coordinating agricultural education and research in India.

  • It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture.

India to chair three-key subsidiary bodies of the UNSC

 

 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International relations

In news

  • India will be chairing three-key subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Key takeaways

  • The panels are: Counter-Terrorism Committee, Taliban Sanctions Committee, and Libya Sanctions committee.

  • Chairing of Counter-Terrorism committee has a special resonance for India which has not only been at the forefront of fighting terrorism especially cross border terrorism but has also been one of its biggest victims.

  • Taliban Sanctions Committee has always been a high priority for India keeping in mind its strong interest and commitment to peace, security, development, and progress of Afghanistan.

  • India will be assuming the chair of the Libya Sanctions Committee at a critical juncture when there is an international focus on Libya and on the peace process.

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