MINSK, 13 June (BelTA) – The project Greenmap Belarus has received the first prize in the E-environment nomination of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017, Belarusian First Deputy Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Iya Malkina told the media on the sidelines of the 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, presented the award to Belarus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva Yuri Ambrazevich on 13 June. The prize is a recognition of the country's contribution to the development of the information society.
This year's edition of the contest featured 345 projects from different countries. The panel of expert judges decided to honor the project Greenmap Belarus with the first prize. “This is a very important achievement for us. We have demonstrated that a lot is done in Belarus to protect the environment in Europe,” Iya Malkina said.
Green Map (http://greenmap.by) is a resource developed by the center of ecological solutions under the project of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus” financed by the EU and implemented by the UN Development Program. The resource provides information on important ecological sites: waste collection points, environment protection organizations, sites with renewable energy installations, unique natural areas, including parks and reserves. The map shows places with equipment that uses renewable energy: solar panels and collectors, wind-powered generators.