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Video: Himachal Pradesh study tour to Mexico

In September 2012, the World Bank approved a $100 million Development Policy Loan (DPL) for the state of Himachal Pradesh (HP), India to support its transformation to green development. Some of the policy actions supported by the DPL are: Policy mandating cumulative environmental assessments for the state’s five key river basins; Benefit-sharing policy to ensure that communities located near hydroelectric projects benefit from them, The launch statewide of a community-led watershed protection program; Adoption of an organic farming policy; Modification of the state’s industrial policy to promote cleaner production; and Modification of the tourism policy to promote environment-friendly tourism. The second tranche of this programmatic series is now in preparation. That preparation included the South-South Exchange Program, designed so that participants could learn from successful experiences in the “Global South,” in this case, Mexico. From May 5 to 11, 2013, the Chief Secretary of HP led a delegation that included four other senior officials to participate in this exchange program, which took place in Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo.