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8 Feb 2018

Belarus, Latvia to develop cooperation in environmental activities

MINSK, 8 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Latvia will develop cooperation in environmental activities. This was agreed at a meeting between Belarus’ Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Andrei Khudyk and Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia Kaspars Gerhards, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The ministers discussed promising areas for the development of bilateral cooperation in environmental activities, including a set of measures to implement the cooperation program between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Belarus and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia for 2018-2022. The program was signed on 7 February. It provides for the conservation and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity, water resources, hydrometeorological activities, environmental monitoring, and also research, personnel training and many more.

Andrei Khudyk and Kaspars Gerhards expressed their intention to continue working together to prepare for the signing of an agreement between the Government of Belarus and the Government of Latvia on cooperation in the protection and rational use of transboundary waters, improving their quality, preserving and, if necessary, restoring ecosystems. They also discussed the prospects for cooperation in the area of waste management.

Both the sides expressed confidence that fruitful cooperation between the two ministries will continue developing.

 

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