Netherlands Ambassador’s Visit to Kanpur Leather Cluster Advocates for Greener Leather Production

Engaging with key stakeholders, Gerards advocated for eco-friendly production methods, emphasizing collaboration for a greener future.
Netherlands Ambassador's Visit to Kanpur Leather Cluster Advocates for Greener Leather Production

In a significant diplomatic move, Marisa Gerards, the Netherlands Ambassador to India and Sharad Thadani, Honorary Consulate of Netherlands, embarked on a journey to the heart of India’s leather industry, the Kanpur-Unnao Leather Cluster, on April 30, 2024. Her visit not only symbolized bilateral ties but also underscored a commitment to environmental sustainability within the leather production landscape.

Ambassador Gerards engaged with key stakeholders of Kanpur Leather Industry, signaling the Netherlands’ unwavering support for the region’s leather industry. A cornerstone of her discussions was centered on environmental protection measures intertwined with production processes.

She paid a visit to Shivan Tannery, discussions flourished as Gerards conferred with Anvarul Haq, the President of the Uttar Pradesh Leather Industry Association (UPLIA). Haq explained the concerted efforts underway to curtail water usage, enhance operational processes, and mitigate pollution in Kanpur’s leather sector.

Subsequently, a tour of the Kanpur Leather Complex (KLC) revealed the infusion of modernity into traditional craftsmanship. The presence of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, courtesy of the CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), alongside the Center for Excellence established by organizations like Stahl and Solidaridad, showcased a convergence of innovation and tradition.

Asad Iraqi highlighted the invaluable contribution and steadfast support of the Dutch government to the Kanpur-Unnao leather project. However, amidst the accolades, Iraqi also shed light on the persistent challenges confronting the tanneries in the region.

Taj Alam, echoing sentiments of appreciation, lauded Ambassador Gerards’ visit to Solidaridad and commended her advocacy for pollution prevention initiatives within the leather industry. Alam’s words underscored the significance of international collaboration in fostering sustainable practices.

Tatheer Zaidi, representing Solidaridad Asia, expressed profound gratitude for Ambassador Gerards’ instrumental role in driving the success and acceptance of ongoing projects. Zaidi further emphasized the imperative for continued support and the inception of similar programs to fortify the industry’s resilience in the future.

In conclusion, Ambassador Marisa Gerards’ visit to the Kanpur-Unnao Leather Cluster stands not only as a testament to diplomatic relations but also as a beacon of hope for environmental stewardship in the leather industry. Through collaborative efforts and shared visions, the journey towards sustainable practices gains momentum, ensuring a greener, more resilient future for all stakeholders involved.

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