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Nature protection agencies of Belarus, Tajikistan to sign agreement on cooperation

Society 17.09.2019 | 13:18

MINSK, 17 September (BelTA) – The heads of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of Tajikistan discussed the need to prepare an agreement on cooperation between the two agencies. The meeting took place as part of the 5th session of the CIS Interstate Environmental Council in Yerevan, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Andrei Khudyk suggested several areas to be included into the agreement. The parties are invited to exchange experience in environmental policy and expertise, to issue permitting documents in part of environmental impact, including comprehensive prevention of its pollution, and also systems of licensing nature protection activities, the development and implementation of measures to adapt and mitigate the consequences of the climate change. The parties plan to cooperate in the protection of open air, animals and plants, especially rare and endangered species, restoration of landscapes and ecosystems, development of specially protected natural sites, research in nature protection and the rational use of natural resources.

The 5th session of the CIS Interstate Environmental Council is taking place in Yerevan, Armenia on 17-18 September. Participants are discussing a wide range of issues related to nature protection activities. The member states of the CIS Interstate Environmental Council are expected to share experience in areas such as waste management, harmonization of methods to calculate emissions of pollutants into the atmospheric air, and the implementation of the state environmental policy.

The CIS Interstate Environmental Council was set up on 8 February 1992 by the agreement on cooperation in environment and nature protection. The council cooperates with the United Nations Environment Program, the IPA Standing Committee and the other CIS structures. The 6th CIS Interstate Environmental Council will take place in Minsk.

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