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CAIRNS: Observing that its greenhouse gas emissions are amongst the lowest in per capita terms, India expressed its wish to engage “constructively and productively” with the global community to combat climate change and contribute its bit to protect the environment.
External affairs minister S. M. Krishna also said India is of the view that the international community should undertake special efforts to help Small Island Developing States deal with climate change and the process of adaptation.
“We share the disappointment of SIDS that not enough has been done by the international community to help developing countries, particularly those that are most vulnerable to climate change like the SIDS to deal with the issue of adaptation,” he said, addressing the Post-Forum Dialogue of Pacific Island Forum here.
India’s greenhouse gas emissions are amongst the lowest in per capita terms. “We recongise our responsibility as a developing country and wish to engage constructively and productively with the international community and to add weight to global efforts to protect the environment,” Krishna said.
Adaptation remains the key for developing countries and it needs to be adequately resourced without detracting funds for development which in any case, is the best form of adaptation, he said.
Krishna said India is committed to providing assistance by way of capacity building as well as project assistance to help Pacific Island Countries in the process of adaptation to climate change and to promote the objectives of sustainable development.
He also recalled that the Delhi Declaration issued at the 8th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in New Delhi in 2002, specifically expressed deep concern at the increasing risk of the negative impact of climate change to SIDS.
“The New Delhi Conference of Parties also recognized for the first time the importance of adaptation needs of SIDS,” he said.
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are experiencing major adverse effects of climate change and adaptation to adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise remains a major priority for them, he said.
Krishna announced that India would conduct another Workshop in Suva very soon for nominees from the 14 Pacific Island countries on Climate Change.
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Officials in the northern Indian state of Punjab, tired of dealing with the annoying and sometimes dangerous rhesus macaques that invade villages and towns, have decide to build a “rehabilitation center” to tame the pesky primates.
“In addition to veterinary doctors, the center will have experts and it would be a sort of good manners school for the monkeys,” a Punjab Wildlife Department official told The Hindu newspaper.
In recent years, thousands of macaques have moved into urban areas in northern India as humans move into the monkeys’ traditional jungle home. They often steal food and clothing and sometimes attack and bite humans if they don’t get what they want.
The rehab center, to be located in the city of Patiala, will be for the worst behaving monkeys.
“Once the center is functional, forest officials in Punjab will be able to catch monkeys from residential areas and send them across so that they can be taught to be decent and live socially with other monkeys,” state wildlife official Jasmer Singh told the Hindu.
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