On the fringes of the G20 Summit in Bali on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined other G20 leaders in planting mangroves.
Bali: On the fringes of the G20 Summit in Bali on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined other G20 leaders in planting mangroves at the Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai mangrove forest.
The occasion is part of the Indonesian government’s attempts to highlight the preservation of the mangroves.
The G20 leaders visited the forest before the final meetings of the two-day summit at Bali, which has been giving full attention to solutions to ongoing global challenges like the climate crisis and energy transition. The Indonesian government showed its efforts amid the preservation of mangroves.
Of late, India joined the Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC), a joint initiative of Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.
It is expected that more than 50 mangrove species are available all over the country, which is spread over 5,000 sq km.
The external affairs ministry said India is emphasising the preservation and restoration of mangroves, which are rich carbon sinks and home to a diverse range of wildlife.
Mangroves serve as a bioshield against extreme weather events and are a significant sanctuary for coastal biodiversity.
The mangrove forests in India are among the world’s best in terms of biodiversity. Before PM Modi left for the G20 summit, “join the Global Mangrove Alliance,” foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra briefed the media on the recent decision to join the Global Mangrove Alliance.
At the completion of the Bali Summit, Indonesia will hand over the presidency of the G20 to India.