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DSDS is a milestone for sustainable development dialogue: Naoko Ishii

Jan 24, 2014

The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit can be a catalyst for such change, writes Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility, USA.

Naoko Ishii

"The relationship between food, water, and energy underpins the need to integrate environment and development priorities globally. India has made great strides in demonstrating the effectiveness of such integration with the help of projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that can serve as a model for applying this approach on a global scale.

GEF investment in a major watershed management project in Uttarakhand has contributed to improved soil and water conservation, reduced erosion and siltation, and the introduction of alternative energy sources. The results are improved food security and livelihood, particularly for women.

The project promoted the use of pine briquettes as a source of energy for cooking, reducing deforestation and increasing the flow of water for the production of food.   These successful efforts to promote environmental sustainability serve as models that can be scaled-up to projects that address key drivers of environmental degradation and generate transformational impact to peoples’ lives.

I see the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit as a milestone for the sustainable development dialogue where innovative experiences are shared, partnerships strengthened and political will built.  The realities on the ground compel us all to change our approach.  The Delhi Summit can be a catalyst for such change."

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