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Environmental protection agencies of Belarus, Austria to advance cooperation

Society 13.11.2019 | 19:38
Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry
Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry

MINSK, 13 November (BelTA) – Environmental protection agencies of Belarus and Austria intend to advance cooperation. The matter was discussed as Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Andrei Khudyk met with Managing Director of the Environment Agency of Austria Monika Morth in Vienna, the ministry's press service told BelTA.

Andrei Khudyk noted: “Our visit will give an impulse to the advancement of bilateral mutually beneficial relations in the area of environmental protection, fight against climate change, in improving the water resources management system, in waste recycling, environment monitoring, and renewable energy development.” Close attention will be paid to such avenues of cooperation as smart cities, sustainable mobility, air quality management, management of waste and resources, multifunctional land management.

Participants of the meeting also agreed to continue working on the draft memorandum of cooperation between the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry and the Environment Agency of Austria.

Cooperation with Austrian colleagues in the area of management of water resources began in 2018 as part of the international technical aid project European Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership (EUWI+ 4 EaP). Specialists of the Austrian agency helped evaluate the existing system for monitoring surface and subsurface waters in Belarus and the available instrumentation. A list of equipment able to enhance the lab potential for monitoring surface waters was compiled for the sake of delivering it to Belarus. The new equipment will allow effectively monitoring particularly dangerous pollutants in surface waters and bottom sediments.

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