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9 Jun 2017

Minsk to host International Water Forum 5-6 October

MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian capital will play host to the International Water Forum on 5 and 6 October, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

“The event will bring together representatives of the Belarusian government, public agencies, national and international organizations and foundations, research centers and educational institutions, businessmen and members of the media. The forum will aim at finding the best ways to promote efficient use of water resources for the needs of economy and for the sake of protecting them from depletion and contamination in the context of climate change,” the ministry said.

The key themes of the forum include sustainable use of water resources in the context of climate change, modern approaches to protecting water resources from contamination and depletion, water purification technologies, cross-border cooperation in the protection and use of transboundary water bodies, water power engineering, the use of geothermal waters, and the use of the recreational potential of Belarus’ water bodies.

The program of the forum features two international workshops (roundtables): the CEI workshop “Assessing the impact of water power plants construction on the ecological status of small and medium rivers in Central and Eastern Europe”, and the workshop “Strategic and medium-term planning for water resources and systems: OECD recommendations, approaches, and planning tools” to be held as part of the European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership project.

The forum is organized by the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarusian State Technological University, and the Central Research Institute for Integrated Water Resource Management.

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