: The 2nd Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting began on Monday at the Mahatma Mandir in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar. The meeting was attended by 130 delegates from G20 member states, 11 invited countries and 14 international organizations. The meeting began with a presentation on best practices in water resource management by the G20 member countries. The ECSWG meeting is being held from March 27-29. Earlier on Sunday, the G20 representatives were traditionally welcomed at the Ahmedabad airport.
Special presentations on key initiatives such as NamamiGange, climate-resilient infrastructure, participatory groundwater management, Jal Jeevan Mission and Swachh Bharat Mission were also made during the meeting. Thematic areas such as halting land degradation, accelerating ecosystem restoration and enriching biodiversity, encouraging resource efficiency and circular economy, and promoting a climate-friendly blue economy were discussed in the meeting. G20 member countries such as Italy and China shared their best practices on water management, with Italy sharing its expertise on drought management and China sharing its expertise on groundwater management.
During the ECSWG meeting, the G20 delegates got an opportunity to see the unique culture of Gujarat, its handlooms, handicrafts, artefacts and textiles. The second meeting of the ECSWG is an important step towards promoting the efforts of G20 countries, invited countries and international organizations towards a sustainable and resilient future. Earlier, the first meeting of ECSWG was held in Bengaluru from February9 to 11. After the second ECSWG meeting in Gandhinagar, the third meeting will be held in Mumbai from May 21-23 while the fourth meeting will be held in Chennai from May 26-30.