Regional and trans-boundary liaisons

Centre of International Ecological Conventions and Agreements opens in Minsk

By Vladimir Romanovsky

A joint EU / UNDP project entitled Support to Environment and Sustainable Development in Belarus has been set up, with the Belarusian Ministry for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection as its executive agency. The Centre aims to promote international environmental conventions, creating an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and monitoring them, while assessing the country’s vulnerability towards climatic change. Information will then be processed and disseminated to the public.

“Belarus has joined many important environmental conventions and UN protocols, as well as signing bilateral documents with adjoining states in the area of environmental protection and the regional use of trans-boundary natural resources and territories,” notes Igor Chulba, UNDP ecological project co-ordinator in Belarus. “The opening of the institution will create conditions for inter-regional and trans-boundary collaboration while sharing information and monitoring the fulfilment of obligations regarding environmental conventions.”

Yelena Rakova, a representative of the EU delegation in Belarus, underlines the EU Office’s interest in implementing environmentally friendly and energy projects in our country. “Next year, we plan to expand the EU Office in Belarus, allowing us to increase the number of environmental (and other) projects being implemented,” she notes.

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