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21 Jan 2016

Eco-friendly city project will be implemented either in Brest or Vitebsk

BREST, 21 January (BelTA) - A project of an environmentally-friendly city SymbioCity will be implemented either in Brest or in Vitebsk, Belarus’ First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Iya Malkina told media, BelTA has learned.

"We see the potential of international projects. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection is actively being explored them, together with UNDP, the European Union. Some positive steps have been made in this area, including in the development of Brest Oblast. The SymbioCity project is very important for us. We selected two regional capital cities: Brest and Vitebsk. The application is now under consideration in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Depending on the priorities which are still to be outlined, this project will be implemented exactly in Brest Oblast,” Iya Malkina said.

SymbioCity is a smart, eco-friendly city, comfortable for living. The concept of the project envisages the creation of parks, bike lanes, parking, facilities for people with disabilities, mothers with baby carriages.

Iya Malkina attended the session of the Brest regional committee of natural resources and environmental protection. The First Deputy Minister considers the work of the agency in 2015 as satisfactory. She noted that in 2016 more efforts should be invested in cleaning up untidy land, attracting investment into municipal waste treatment.

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