The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes.
The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.
The broad objectives of the Ministry are:
- Conservation and survey of flora, fauna, forests and wildlife
- Prevention and control of pollution
- Afforestation and regeneration of degraded areas
- Protection of the environment and
- Ensuring the welfare of animals
Message from secretary MOEF&CC
India is a party to Stockholm Convention on "Persistent Organic Pollutants" (POPs). In compliance to the obligations, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in coordination with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has been implementing a GEF funded pilot project on "Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Wastes in India". The objective of the project is to reduce unintentionally produced Dioxins and Furans by environmentally sound management of biomedical wastes.
The project envisions 'sensitization of the target groups' asone of the most important output. The attitudinal change in the behaviour of the healthcare personnel and stakeholders at all the
levels starting from waste handlers, health administrators to Common Treatment Facility operators can be truly transformational. In order to achieve this objective an extensive training programmes has been initiated in association with MSRMC&H. I extend my good wishes to the team for working towards creating an enlightened and skilled workforce. lt is also expected that this training will make the trainees competent to replicate their knowledge and sound environmental practices in various other
hospitals also and help in effective implementation of Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016.