India needs to reverse the present environmental trends, if it is to achieve an optimal development path.

Geographically, India accounts for a meagre 2.4 per cent of the world's total surface, yet it supports and sustains 16.7 per cent of the world’s population.

In this context, the 2009 State of Environment Report (issued by MoEF, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests) reveals that around 45 per cent of Indian land is degraded, air pollution is increasing in all cities, the presence of rare plants and animals is reducing and about one-third of India’s urban population now lives in slums.

In this context, there are manifold opportunities for using European clean technologies to address these challenges and reversing the prevalent negative trends.

EBTC’s environment sector is in the front line to achieve these goals coherently with the EU-India Joint Action Plan (2005) - which provides the basis for enhancing cooperation on environment and climate change - and in synchronisation with the EU’s Environment Action Programme (EAP) 2020 priorities, focusing on resource efficiency and low carbon growth.

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