Jayanthi Natarajan highlights city biodiversity summit

The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Ms. Jayanti Natarajan, in her welcome speech at the High Level Segment led by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, highlighted the crucial role cities play in biodiversity conservation and management, saying:


It is estimated that half of India's population will also be living in cities by 2045 and I am therefore happy that a parallel summit on cities for Life has been held on the margins of COP11 bringing together subnational and local authorities. I am very confident that this will go a long way in bringing Biodiversity back onto the urban agenda. 



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