Economic growth should take environmental protection into consideration: Vice President Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu address the

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu address the Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress-2019 (Twitter Photo)

Vice President M Venkaiah Nadu called upon all the city, province and country representatives present at the Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific Congress-2019 to adopt multi-dimensional and innovative approaches to ensure low emissions oriented development.

Observing the green infrastructure was the need of the hour, he stressed the need to promote resource efficiency to achieve climate resilient urban development. Moving away from traditional metrics of measuring development, Vice President called for new urban infrastructure that was low-carbon, green and climate resilient.

Saying that one must draw inspiration from our cultural roots, especially the civilizational values that revered and urged us to protect natural resources, the Vice President said that adopting green solutions, providing good governance and building urban resilience was the way forwards.

Opining that economic growth must take environmental protection into consideration, he observed that dependency on fossil fuel must be reduced and new modes of energy sources such as Solar must be explored.

‘It cannot be business as usual as far as development is concerned,’ he added

Observing that rise in global temperature was going to result in several aspects of human activity including farming, Shri Naidu wanted planners to factor in changing the climate and its likely impacts in all development strategies.

He called for up-scaling climate mitigation measures to reduce climate-related risks in the future.

Pointing that more than 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia and the region was most affected by natural disasters, the Vice President said that governments in Asia must build climate resilient communities

Asian cities must emphasize biodiversity and healthy, functioning ecosystems. With pollution reaching hazardous levels in cities, utmost priority needs to be accorded to promote clean and green technologies, he said

The Vice President stressed upon the need to change our development paradigm and called for new urban infrastructure should be low-carbon, green and climate resilient. He also asked all city administrations to focus on protecting local water bodies and take steps for conserving scarce water resources.