Recently, an Indian delegation from the state of Himachal Pradesh came to Mexico to discuss, learn and share experiences about green growth and climate change policies and activities in Latin America’s second economy.
Up in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is of major environmental importance for the neighboring States.
Three rivers flow through it to join the Indus, bringing water to more than 200 million people, and it is one of the country’s main sources of clean energy through hydropower.
That is why the state is working with the World Bank’s South Asia Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management unit on promoting inclusive green growth (economic growth that benefits everybody while respecting the environment) and transforming different areas, all key to its economy: energy, watershed management, industry and tourism.
Similar issues to tackle
The World Bank organized this trip to Mexico, designed as a mutual exchange of experiences. The delegation visited Oaxaca, one of the most biodiverse states in the country and home to a number of indigenous cultures.
The visitors also travelled to Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Peninsula, famous for its tourism opportunities, coral reefs and tropical forests.
Sudripta Roy, Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh, underlined the similarities of the issues tackled in Mexico and back home.
“The same issues and problems, whether it is the felling of trees, greenhouse gas emissions or climate change. Mexico is affected because of floods and drought, we are having unseasonal rain and heavy snowfall,” he said.
“And so, we are trying to synergize how the issues are being tackled here,” he said, especially stressing the importance of working together with the communities.