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23 September 2021, 18:24

Belarus, Russia to draft cooperation roadmap in environmental protection

Photos courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus
Photos courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus

MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia are set to develop a cooperation roadmap in environmental conservation, Belarus' Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrei Khudyk told reporters following a joint meeting of the collegiums of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, BelTA has learned.

“We and our Russian counterparts have come to the conclusion that our ministries need to draft a cooperation roadmap in environmental protection. We will coordinate this issue at the government level and embark on developing this roadmap,” Andrei Khudyk said.

The participants of the meeting reviewed the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation in various fields, including hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring, the use and protection of mineral resources, biodiversity conservation and ecotourism promotion in the Lake Area Reserve transboundary conservation area. The global and regional climate issues were also on the agenda. “The EU plans to introduce a carbon tax in 2026. We have agreed to take joint action to prepare for it and address the issues related to carbon regulation in the Eurasian economic space,” the minister said.

Waste management was another focus of the discussion. “At present Belarus recycles about 30% of municipal waste. We have set an ambitious goal to recycle 60% of waste by 2025. The participants of today's meeting shared their best practices and studied waste-to-energy technologies,” Andrei Khudyk said.

“We have many issues related to water, transboundary conservation areas, subsoil use, geological exploration. Recycling of packaging materials is another burning issue. We have also discussed cooperation between hydrometeorological services, since their work is highly important for agriculture and other sectors of the economy,” Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Alexander Kozlov added.

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