CoP-8 Keen On Asian Tropical Centre

New Delhi, October 24: | Updated: Oct 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
The eighth conference of parties to the United Nations framework convention on climate change (CoP-8) will consider proposal for setting up a regional science centre in the country.

The proposal mooted by just concluded international conference on science and technology capacity building to study climate change, will have five important partners, including the governments, the industry, scientific institutions, financial institutions and non-governmental organisations to create synergy for the capacity building, science and technology minister Murli Manohar Joshi here on Thursday.

A brainchild of the science and tech ministry, the proposed Asian Tropical Institute would not only deal with scientific and technological aspects of capacity building to study climate change but also strive to suggest regionally differentiated policy options to decision makers, the minister said.

The centre would have reliable up-to-date data base to address the needs of information on environmentally sound technologies containing over 1,600 projects and programmes that are actually being developed, diffused and transferred as a result of climate-related assistance and cooperation.

Dr Joshi said, the proposed centre would demonstrate the countrys existing abilities and would it would be in the interest of the countries of the region. The centre would help analyse climate change related issues for the region, he added.

Since monsoon is the most important climatic phenomenon on the earth, originating from the Indian Ocean and global in nature, the climatic variables prevailing over the Indian Ocean rim countries were particularly important for any study, he pointed out.