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German envoy to open fair on water management in India

Oct 08, 2014

The International Fair on Water Management (IFAT), features state-of-the-art technology in the areas of water, sewage and refuse treatment as well as recycling.

New Delhi: German Ambassador Michael Steiner will open the International Fair on Water Management (IFAT) and present awards to the winners of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition in Mumbai today.

IFAT India features state-of-the-art technology to a large extent made in Germany - in the areas of water, sewage and refuse treatment as well as recycling. After the successful first edition in 2013 with more than 130 exhibitors from 17 countries, Messe MÃ inchen has organized another fair that will showcase the green technologies and services that India needs in order to fulfill its resource efficiency aspirations, as formulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ambassador Michael Steiner said: Germany has the technological know-how and the experience to solve the problems India is facing today regarding pollution, resource efficiency and clean development.

In particular, Germany stands ready to support India’s mission towards a clean Ganga river. We managed to rejuvenate heavily polluted Father Rhine 30 years ago. Today, we offer to share our expertise and experience in order to clean up ‘Mother Ganga’ Ambassador Steiner added.

After the opening IFAT ceremony, Ambassador Steiner and representatives of GIZ (German International Cooperation) will present the awards for the winning entries of the All India Environmental Journalism Competition, sponsored by the German Government. Indian journalists will receive awards for high-quality journalism in the categories print, internet, video and photo.

Last but not least, Ambassador Steiner will hand over the Clean Ganga Award for the best journalistic entry on the Ganga river. This award has especially been created by the German Embassy to underline Germany’s support for one of India’s most outstanding national endeavours.

On his trip to Mumbai, Ambassador Steiner will also visit the new building of DSB International School, the German school in Mumbai. Ambassador Steiner will meet teachers and interact with the pupils.

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