NGO's prepare for COP-4

Published: Monday 30 November 1998

Anil Agarwal (extreme left) wi (Credit: Amit Shanker /CSE)THE Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) held a workshop and a seminar to discuss India's stance prior to the Fourth Conference of Parties on Climate Change (cop-4), which is currently being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Representatives of South Asian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) par- ticipated in the meet. Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to the world's ecosystems. But very little information is available on its impact, especially in developing countries, said the participants. Experts warned about possible melting of the Himalayan glaciers and disappearance of small islands due to a rise in the sea level.

Meanwhile CSE urged prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to ensure that the Indian delegation goes to Buenos Aires armed with a good brief from the cabinet. "Having put forward the idea of 'equal entitlements', India must insist that it should be accepted immediately," CSE director Anil Agarwal said.

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