arctic: India releases its Arctic policy focusing on climate change research, mineral wealth and energy security | India News

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday released India’s Arctic policy, which aims to strengthen national capabilities and competencies in science and exploration, climate and environmental protection, use of mineral wealth and maritime and economic cooperation with the Arctic region. The country is, currently, undertaking several scientific studies and research in the region.
The focus of the policy is also to increase India’s participation in the Arctic Council and improve understanding of the complex governance structures in the region, which is quite relevant to geopolitics. The country’s engagement with the Arctic dates back to a century when ‘Svalbard Treaty’ was signed in February 1920 in Paris, and it has since then been actively involved in studies related to the Arctic oceanography, atmosphere, pollution and microbiology.
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