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En Inde, l'AFD signe trois accords lors de la visite de la ministre Barbara Pompili
Accessible public transport, a floating solar power system, and sustainable forest management: such is the wide range of development priorities tackled by France and India this month. In line with AFD’s commitment to promoting sustainable low-carbon development in India, AFD New Delhi signed three project agreements with its Indian counterparts during the visit of the Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili.

Sustainable transport infrastructure in Surat

With the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, AFD signed a Credit Facility Agreement of €250 million for the development of the Surat Metro. The metro is expected to create an accessible and sustainable public transport system for about 400,000 people living the rapidly expanding Gujarati port and reduce CO2 emissions by 40,000 tons.

Find out more: Kicking off India - France Year of the Environment

Promoting solar power with FSPV 

AFD signed a letter of intent with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the development a floating solar power system (FSPV) on the Getalsud reservoir in the state of Jharkhand. The plant is expected to have a capacity of150 MW. A parallel technical assistance and capacity building program will support the development of a favourable institutional and regulatory framework which can attract further investments in the FSPV sector.

Indo-Pacific cooperation on sustainable park management 

AFD signed a second letter of intent with the Assam Forest Department to promote a Park Partnership with national parks in the Indo-Pacific region. A technical assistance program will support an exchange of best practices, tools and techniques for sustainable forest management. The project, once confirmed, will also support study tours and workshops to mobilize French expertise on themes like forest restoration, biodiversity conservation, wildlife management (especially for endangered species), anti-poaching policies (with a special focus on high-level trafficking), sustainable tourism development, engaging with local communities, as well as communication and awareness raising activities.